I do admit, the pictures above were the first two I had seen of them, and my first reaction to the one on the left was “well…
that’s kind of cute.” I subsequently saw the picture on the right and I was a little less sure…
A reader asked me what the age of consent is in Texas. Let me begin by stating there is no section of the Texas Penal Code that defines “age of consent.” Rather, you have to begin in the Sexual Assault Provisions of the TPC. Doesn’t that make many high school students felons? Texas has a “Romeo and Juliet” affirmative defense for minors who are within 3 years of age.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person: (2) intentionally or knowingly: (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means; (B) causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor; (C) causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; (D) causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or (E) causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor. So performing any of the acitivties under (a)(2)(A)-(E) with anyone under 17 (and not your spouse) is illegal in Texas.
(e) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2) that: (1) the actor was not more than three years older than the victim and at the time of the offense: (A) was not required under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, to register for life as a sex offender; or (B) was not a person who under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense under this section; and (2) the victim: (A) was a child of 14 years of age or older; and (B) was not a person whom the actor was prohibited from marrying or purporting to marry or with whom the actor was prohibited from living under the appearance of being married under Section 25.01. An affirmative defense does not bar arrest and prosecution.
Check out Reach Out's fact sheet for some questions that you should think about.
When the law is broken, the police and courts may get involved.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- okay well i am 15 and I am DATING an 18 year old guy. 18 is considered too old to be dating a "child" well my parents are divorced and my mom really likes my boyfriend. my father says it's the age but i likes another guy the same age who was my race and my dad had no problem.
I suppose if this was a teacher in her actual school, he would not only be fired but perhaps arrested, if there was suspicion of any sexual contact.
I’m a surprised that there’s no report of what their families said; and I’m also quite surprised that there was no uproar about the fact that she’s a Canadian and he’s Chinese – China has been pretty angry about all things Japanese recently, so I was expecting a louder reaction.
However, I would recommend you consult with your attorney before choosing any course of conduct.