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Plano Landscaper Gets 16 Years Under Ashley's Laws

A Plano landscaper was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexual assault of a child. During the trial, another person stepped forward to say that the man solicited them for sexual favors when they were between the ages of 12 and 15.

The landscaper is said to have hired a 15-year-old boy to work at his landscaping company, and would offer the teenager alcohol and money to spend time alone with him. During one of the times they were alone, the landscaper told the teen that he would be willing to pay the boy if the landscaper would be able to perform sex acts on him. The boy agreed to the deal.

The incident was revealed when the teenager was speaking with a counselor at a juvenile detention center where he was incarcerated a few months later.

Sexual Assault of a Minor & Ashley's Laws

Sexual assault of a minor can be any sexual act committed with a person under the age of 17, whether the act was consensual or not.

In Texas, this charge is a second-degree felony that can carry up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Under Ashley's Laws, those convicted of a sexual assault are required to serve 50% of their sentence before they are eligible for parole.

Ashley's Laws are a series of bills aimed at toughening penalties for sex offenders and are named after a young girl that was kidnapped by a paroled sex offender that had served a little over a year of his ten year total sentence.

As a result of these laws, those convicted of sexual assault of a minor face:

  • Longer prison sentences with decreased chance of parole
  • Enhanced penalties for repeat offenders, including a three-strikes lifetime imprisonment penalty
  • Public registration for sex offenses

Just because a person has been convicted of a sexual assault does not mean that person is guilty. Contact an attorney at Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC if you or a loved one is facing a sexual assault of a minor charge in Texas to begin building a solid criminal defense.