Texas statute age dating laws

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Thus, many jurisdictions prohibit allowing a juvenile to be tried as an adult under this law (most jurisdictions have separate provisions for child molestation or forcible rape which can be applied to juveniles and for which a minor can be tried as an adult).Some jurisdictions also specify a minimum difference in age in order for the offense to be applicable.The new law that will take effect on September 1, 2011 makes sexting between a minors a misdemeanor crime rather than having the crime brought under the child pornography statutes which could result in a felony offense.Under the new law, minors (and one of their parents) who are caught sexting would be required to take a State sponsored educational class on the dangers of sexting.Some jurisdictions have passed so-called "Romeo and Juliet laws", which serve to reduce or eliminate the penalty of the crime in cases where the couple's age difference is minor and the sexual contact would not have been rape if both partners were legally able to give consent.

This is normally accomplished by making acts involving these circumstances separate crimes to which the "Romeo and Juliet" defense does not apply. It provides an affirmative defense to a charge of sexual assault if all of the following apply: A similar affirmative defense exists in the Texas Penal Code for the related crime of "continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children".

Under the bill the minor’s conviction can be expunged upon the minor turning 18.

Until September 1st, under Texas law a minor who is caught creating, distributing or possessing a sexually explicit image of a minor (including an image of themselves) could be charged under the State’s child pornography statutes.

Consensual teenage sex is common in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that there are more than 7 million incidents of statutory rape every year.

However, it is clear that most incidents are not prosecuted and do not lead to arrests and convictions. It is generally intended to punish heinous cases of an adult taking sexual advantage of a minor.

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