Failure to Report
Texas Family Code § 261.109
A person commits an offense if the person is required to make a report under § 261.101 and knowingly fails to make a report as required. A person who is a professional as defined by § 261.101 commits an offense if the person is required to make a report and knowingly fails to make a report as provided in this chapter. An offense by a person is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a State jail felony if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the child was a person with an intellectual disability who resided in a State-supported living center, the medical assistance program for persons with intellectual disabilities component of the Rio Grande State Center, or a facility licensed under Chapter 252, Health and Safety Code, and the actor knew that the child had suffered serious bodily injury as a result of the abuse or neglect. An offense by a professional is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a State jail felony if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the actor intended to conceal the abuse or neglect.
Texas Family Code § 261.107
A person commits an offense if, with the intent to deceive, he or she knowingly makes a report of child abuse or neglect that is false. An offense under this subsection is:
A State jail felony
A felony of the third degree if the person has previously been convicted under this section
A person who is convicted of an offense under this section shall:
Pay any reasonable attorney’s fees incurred by the person who was falsely accused of abuse or neglect
Be liable to the State for a civil penalty of $1,000
Subchapter B. Ordinary Misdemeanor Punishments
Texas Family Code § 12.21. Class A Misdemeanor
An individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by:
(1) a fine not to exceed $4,000;
(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or
(3) both such fine and confinement.
…But See the Actual Felony Charge Individuals Attempting to Cover-Up Child’s Good Faith or father’s private “play therapist” Kim Abernethy’s induced false allegations of sexual abuse by father and “The Visitor” without the “benefit” of effective or any counsel will get one threatened by complicit, “collaborative,” or “unified” stakeholder police officers and investigators:
Subchapter C. Ordinary Felony Punishments
§ 12.34. Third Degree Felony Punishment
(a) An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years.
(b) In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Renumbered from V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 12.33 by Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 1124, ch. 426, art. 2, § 2, eff. Jan. 1,1974. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 785, § 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1990, 71st Leg., 6th C.S., ch. 25, § 7, eff. June 18, 1990; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Acts 2009, 81st Leg., ch. 87, § 25.148, eff. Sept. 1, 2009.
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 108, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.