I just need to know what that law means.
Texas has responded to the parental demands for change to the rape/sexual assault statutes by enacting "Romeo and Juliet" laws. These 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.
You have this posted under "federal crime" but most of these charges are prosecuted in the State District Courts, not the Federal Court system.
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In Texas, it just means that some teenagers won't have to register as sex offenders if they have consensual sex with other teenagers under the age of 18. There are more details to this law, caveats and criteria, but that is the basic idea.
Here is the link to the statute so can see it in full. "R&J" is what is a called an affirmative defense to be raised at a trial. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.22.htm
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