By MICHAEL BRICK
AUSTIN (AP) - Lawmakers are considering raising the penalty for repeat offenders convicted of indecent exposure.
In a hearing before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Tuesday, Republican Rep. Linda Harper-Brown of Irving aimed her bill (HB-1628, PDF) squarely at a registered sex offender in her home district with more than 20 convictions.
- So if he had so many convictions, then the system failed! You don't need another useless law to fix this issue, or to just get your name on something to make you look "tough!"
Under current law, each conviction counts as a class B misdemeanor. Her bill would make the second offense a class A misdemeanor and the eighth offense a state jail felony.
Harper-Brown said the man she had in mind has repeatedly knocked on windows to get the attention of children before exposing himself. He has also approached a church and a beauty salon.
- So in some states, this is child molestation, so is this not the same in Texas? Guess not.
Law enforcement officials said repeat offenders abound. Harper-Brown said that "you learn something new every day."