Q: Can my mom press charges against my 18 year old boyfriend even though we haven’t had sex? Or put a restraining order?
I’m 16 and we started dating when he was 17. I turned 16 on May and he turned 18 on September. My mom was fine with our relationship. Until yesterday we got in an argument and she doesn’t want me to see him anymore. She told me she could press charges against him and get him in jail if she wanted to. But my bf and I haven’t had sex or any other sexual contact. I really love him and hope we don’t stop seeing each other. What can I do??
Until you turn 17, you are considered a "child" in Texas. That means if someone older had sex or sexual contact with you, they could be prosecuted for aggravated sexual assault of a child. That said, unless your mom has proof you are having sex, your boyfriend should be okay. However, depending on the police department, your mom might be able to get them to open an investigation of the charge.
There is also a defense to these kind of charges -- that there is less than 3 years difference in the ages. Since he is less than 3 years older than you, it should apply.
It wasn't clear who the "we" is in "we got into an argument." Might make a difference.
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