Q: Is it illegal for a 23 year old to be in a sentimental relationship with a 17 year old in Texas??
She is 17 and I'm 23. We are concerned about charges and jail time.
Pursuant to Penal Code 21.11, it is illegal in Texas to have sexual contact with an individual UNDER the age of 17, unless the accused is:
1. not more than three years older than the victim
2. the accused is of the opposite sex
3. the accused did not use force, duress or a threat
This also includes any touching, even through clothing, of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals. Learn more about sexual assault of a minor, indecency with a child, and aggravated sexual assault in Texas: https://www.versustexas.com/custom-home/practice-areas/criminal-cases/state-crimes/felonies/indecency-with-a-child/
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