These types of laws exempt some teenagers and young adults engaging in sexual relations with someone under the age of consent from being classified as sex offenders.Under Texas' version of the law, if a young adult over the age of 17 has consensual sexual relations with someone under the age of 17, but at least 15 years old, with no more than a four-year age difference between the two, the new law will not require the older party to register as a sex offender if convicted of statutory rape. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.
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.
sexual intercourse between an employee of a school and a student is also prohibited, unless they are married, and no age of consent is specified in this law. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws", are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
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 rape, although this is rare.
That’s according to new data from High Speed and Safe Wise, which teamed up to measure each state’s population compared to its rates of cybercrime, violent crime and sexually transmitted diseases/infections.
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