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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. What states are involved? What state is he in, and what state is she in?
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She is in Texas and he is in California. Sorry it took so long I was with customer service
Thank you. The age of consent for sexual relations in Texas is 17 (Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.011), whereas the age of consent in California is 18 (Cal. Penal Code § 261.5). Note that this is for sexual relations. Anything short of sexual relations is (believe it or not) legal.
An individual could have a non-physical, romantic relationship with someone under the age of majority or consent and still be legal.
Now that being said, there's often a presumption of sexual intercourse or sexual contact, and in such a situation, that could lead to a conviction.
Further, if the individual is traveling to have sex or other sexual contact (even, forgive my phrasing, fondling or "petting"), that could be actionable if he knows that she is legally a minor.
Now the state that he is in when the actions occur would be the state with jurisdiction. So if she traveled to Texas, that would be Texas, or if he traveled to California, that would be California.
Now unless the conversations, emails, texts, etc... clearly indicate propositioning her for sex (which if they do, contact the police), it would not be actionable yet. Again, trying to form a romantic relationship, even though creepy, weird, etc... is not illegal. Rather, the actions or attempts to have sexual relations with a minor IS what is illegal, and if you have evidence of the attempt or action, that's when you can get the police involved.
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