Chapter 33 of the Texas Penal Code defines computer related offenses.
“Online Impersonation”, as per § 33.07 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person A) without obtaining the other person's consent and with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person, uses the name or persona of another person to:
create a web page on a commercial social networking site or other Internet website; or
post or send one or more messages on or through a commercial social networking site or other Internet website, other than on or through an electronic mail program or message board program.
Or B), a person commits an offense if the person sends an electronic mail, instant message, text message, or similar communication that references a name, domain address, phone number, or other item of identifying information belonging to any person:
without obtaining the other person's consent;
with the intent to cause a recipient of the communication to reasonably believe that the other person authorized or transmitted the communication; and
the intent to harm or defraud any person.
An offense under A) is a third degree felony, an offense under B) is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the actor commits the offense with the intent to solicit a response by emergency personnel.
Severity of Crime
Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
Fine not to exceed $4,000
Both such fine and confinement
Third Degree Felony
Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 10 years or less than two years
In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000