Houston-area juvenile sex crimes increase

April 21, 2012 1:52:55 PM PDT
Probation records show Harris County has seen a 17 percent increase in number of juveniles committing sex crimes over the past five years, a period in which major juvenile crimes showed significant declines.

Records show the number of sex offenses charged to juveniles rose from 121 to 142 over the past five years. Other violent crimes declined, with juvenile murder cases falling by 28 percent and robbery cases falling by 24 percent.

The U.S. Justice Department says 36 percent of the sex crimes against children are committed by other children, with 5 percent of all sex offenders being younger than age 9 and 16 percent younger than 12.