Felony Offenses in the Texas Penal Code

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Texas Penal Code, Section 25.08 - Sale or Purchase of Child


§ 25.08. SALE OR PURCHASE OF CHILD.  (a) A person commits an offense if he:
                (1) possesses a child younger than 18 years of age or has the custody, conservatorship, or guardianship of a child younger than 18 years of age, whether or not he has actual possession of the child, and he offers to accept, agrees to accept, or accepts a thing of value for the delivery of the child to another or for the possession of the child by another for purposes of adoption; or
                (2) offers to give, agrees to give, or gives a thing of value to another for acquiring or maintaining the possession of a child for the purpose of adoption.
        (b) It is an exception to the application of this section that the thing of value is:
                (1) a fee or reimbursement paid to a child-placing agency as authorized by law;
                (2) a fee paid to an attorney, social worker, mental health professional, or physician for services rendered in the usual course of legal or medical practice or in providing adoption counseling;
                (3) a reimbursement of legal or medical expenses incurred by a person for the benefit of the child; or
                (4) a necessary pregnancy-related expense paid by a child-placing agency for the benefit of the child's parent during the pregnancy or after the birth of the child as permitted by the minimum standards for child-placing agencies and Department of Protective and Regulatory Services rules.
        (c) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree, except that the offense is a felony of the second degree if the actor commits the offense with intent to commit an offense under Section 43.25.

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