MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
SIM LAKE, District Judge.
The plaintiff, Craig Gerard Williams (TDCJ #787217), is presently incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice — Correctional Institutions Division ("TDCJ"). Williams has filed a Prisoner Civil Rights Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ("Complaint") (Docket Entry No. 1), challenging the validity of his continued confinement pursuant to a state court judgment of conviction. Williams has also filed an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Docket Entry No. 2). Because Williams is incarcerated, the court is required to scrutinize the claims and dismiss the Complaint, in whole or in part, if it determines that the Complaint "is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted" or "seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief." 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). After reviewing all of the pleadings, the court concludes that this case must be dismissed for the reasons explained below.
Williams is currently serving four concurrent 50-year terms of imprisonment as the result of several convictions entered against him on May 13, 1997, for aggravated sexual assault of a child (three counts) and indecency with a child (one count).
On April 4, 2017, Williams executed his Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging his continued confinement and the validity of the convictions entered against him in 1997.
Williams plainly seeks monetary damages under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for his wrongful conviction and imprisonment. It is well established that a civil rights plaintiff may not recover damages based on allegations of "unconstitutional conviction or imprisonment, or for other harm caused by actions whose unlawfulness would render a conviction or sentence invalid," without first proving that the challenged conviction or sentence has been "reversed on direct appeal, expunged by executive order, declared invalid by a state tribunal authorized to make such determinations, or called into question by a federal court's issuance of a writ of habeas corpus [under] 28 U.S. C. § 2254."
As Williams appears to concede in his pleadings, his federal habeas corpus proceeding was unsuccessful and the challenged convictions have not been set aside or invalidated. Because Williams does not demonstrate that his convictions have been invalidated, his civil rights claims are not cognizable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and his Complaint must be dismissed with prejudice.
Based on the foregoing, the court
The Clerk is directed to provide a copy of this Memorandum Opinion and Order to the plaintiff.