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What is the botXXXXX XXXXXne law in Texas concerning age of consent?

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What is the botXXXXX XXXXXne law in Texas concerning age of consent? Is it 17 period or is it a 17 yr old can date someone within 3 years or what? I can't seem to find a clear answer on this one.

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The age of consent in Texas is 17.

J.Hazelbaker :

While there is a statutory defense to a charge, if the partner is within three years of the minor, that is just a defense. It would not preclude a charge being filed against the older party.

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Customer:

What would the situation be if on an online dating site someone represented themselves to be 19 yrs old to a 26 yr old only to find out later that the "19" yr old was 17?

J.Hazelbaker :

Since 17 is the age of consent, it would not matter. 17 is the legal age. If the party were under 17, then there would be an issue.

Customer:

ok excellent thanks for the piece of mind I was scared to death I had done something really wrong!

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