Even if someone accused of indecency with a child receives deferred adjudication, or probation from a jury after conviction, the person must still register as a sex offender. The length of time that sex offender registration is required depends upon which part of the indecency with a child statute was violated.
With respect to indecency with a child by exposure, sex offender registration is required for ten years after disposition or discharge from probation. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 62.101(b)(c). In other words, the person can come off of the sex offender registry on the 10th anniversary of the date on which the court dismisses the criminal proceedings and discharges the person, or the person is released from prison, or the person completes probation.
With respect to indecency with a child by contact, sex offender registration is required for life. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 62.101(a).
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