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so since the legal consent in TX is 17 a 17 year old can date

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so since the legal consent in TX is 17 a 17 year old can date someone who is like almost 9 years older than her and the male cant get in trouble right?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  AttorneyTom replied 8 years ago.
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Laws vary drastically from state to state. Before taking any action, you should always consult an attorney who is licensed to practice law in your state. What follows is general information and is neither legal advice nor a legal service. You should consult an attorney in your state.

According to Texas law, it appears that the legal age of consent is 17, which should allow a 17 year old to consent to sex with an older adult, regardless of the older adult's age. It is still always wise to contact the prosecutor's office or the local police department to inquire about the laws and their enforcement in your area.

Statutes follow:

"Sec. 21.11. INDECENCY WITH A CHILD. (a) A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years and not the person's spouse..."

"Sec. 21.02. CONTINUOUS SEXUAL ABUSE OF YOUNG CHILD OR CHILDREN. (a) In this section, "child" has the meaning assigned by Section 22.011(c)."
20.011(c) reads as follows:
"(c) In this section:
(1) "Child" means a person younger than 17 years of age who is not the spouse of the actor."

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