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Is it illegal for a 22 year old to text or sext a 17 year old

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Is it illegal for a 22 year old to text or sext a 17 year old in texas?
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No, it is not. It's not a crime for an adult and a minor simply to text one another, first of all.

The "sexting" is not otherwise considered an online solicitation of a minor, and therefore not a crime, because the person that is being communicated with is 17. If the individual were under 17, then the 22 year old could definitely get in trouble for that, however.

Here is the relevant portion of the Texas Penal Code:
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