You might encounter one problem - if your girlfriend's parents dissapprove of the relationship, there is nothing you and your girlfriend can do. Seeing a married man? Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? The purpose behind most statutory rape laws is to punish grown adults who take sexual advantage of a minor. Let me know if you have any questions She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges. Last edited by soulsteal56 ;
Texas has five statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state.
It only means that they can consent to having sex. Therefore, you may, as a 21 year old, date your 17 year old girlfriend. The purpose behind most statutory rape laws is to punish grown adults who take sexual advantage of a minor. If you suspect that your child is sexually involved with someone under the age of 18, talk to your child about the potential consequences and seek the advice of an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state. Because there is no such "Romeo and Juliet law" in Texas, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 17 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rapealthough this is rare. He walked out of prison on May 3,at age 19, a free man. The severity of the criminal charge felony, misdemeanor, etc depends on the specifics of the acts committed and the relative ages of the perpetrator and victim.