Until the implementation of this new in Texas, a 17-year old that was convicted for having consensual sexual relations with someone under the age of seventeen was required to register as a sex offender.
This meant that a consensual sexual relationship between a 16 year-old and a 17-year old was illegal, and would result in the 17-year old registering. Although it is still illegal, recent changes to Texas law now exempts the actor from registering.
This exemption only applies if a consensual sexual relation is had between a teenager or young adult over the age of 17 and a teenager under the age of 17, but there is no more than a four-year age difference between the two young people. Additionally, the so-called "victim" of the sexual encounter must be at least 15 years of age for the Romeo and Juliet law to apply.
Those individuals that are currently required to register due to a past transaction of this nature may now petition the court to be removed from the registry. The questions still remains why it is still a sex crime for a 17-year old to have consensual sex with a 16-year old. What are your thoughts?
If you or someone you know has been charged with this type of crime, please consult with our sex crime lawyers before speaking to anyone.
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