The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals struck down part of a 2005 law that made it illegal to engage in sexually explicit talk online with kids.
The judges decided that the law was too broadly written, reports the .
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.
What seems like a high school romance can lead to a felony conviction and having to register as a sexual offender.
The legal Age of Consent for states bordering Texas:16: Under the Alaska age of consent laws, it is second degree sexual abuse for someone aged 16 or older to engage in sexual penetration with an individual who is a) at least 3 years younger and b) aged 13, 14 or 15 years old.18: In Arizona, statutory rape is consensual sexual or oral intercourse with an individual who is below Arizona’s age of consent.
The law suggests that those who are below Arizona’s age of consent, which is 18 years old, are unable to consent to sexual activity with an individual who is older than them.16: Any person under the age of consent is deemed to be mentally incapable of consenting to sex.
Pending publication of the current statutes, see H. 29, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.
Texas Penal Code Section 21.11 and Penal Code Section 22.011 defines the legal Age of Consent in Texas.
Penal Code Section 21.11 prohibits sexual conduct with a child younger than the age of 17 and Penal Code Section 22.011 defines sexual assault of a child and defines a child as anyone under the age of 17.
In this subchapter:(1) "Deviate sexual intercourse" means any contact between the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person.(2) "Prostitution" means the offense defined in Section 43.02.(3) "Sexual contact" means any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.(4) "Sexual conduct" includes deviate sexual intercourse, sexual contact, and sexual intercourse.(5) "Sexual intercourse" means any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.
Pending publication of the current statutes, see H.