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Sexual assault includes sexual penetration between a minor who is 17 or younger and a defendant who is three or more years older than the victim.
Minors are legally incapable of giving consent to having sex; so for example, if Jen, a 13 year old willingly has sex with Tony, her 21 year old boyfriend, Tony can be charged with rape, since Jen is not legally capable of giving consent in the first place.Aggravated sexual assault includes sexual penetration (however slight) between a minor who is younger than 14 years old and a defendant of any age.This offense is a first degree felony, and penalties include at least five (and up to 99) years in prison.Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape.Named after Shakespeare’s young lovers, “Romeo and Juliet” exceptions are intended to prevent serious criminal charges against teenagers who engage in consensual sex with others close to their own age.
In Texas, there is a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sex between a minor who 14, 15, 16, or 17, and someone who is three or fewer years older than the minor.
In Texas, statutory rape includes sexual penetration and sexual contact between an adult and someone younger than 18.
The crime is broken into several categories, as explained below.
Of course, rape that does involve force or an assault is illegal in Texas and prosecuted as forcible rape (see Texas Sexual Battery Laws).
Assaults of a sexual nature may also be charged under the state’s assault and battery laws (to learn more, see Aggravated Assault Laws in Texas and Child Enticement in Texas).
Indecency with a child includes sexual contact (sexual touching other than penetration, even over clothing, that is meant to arouse or gratify sexual desire) between a minor who is 17 or younger and a defendant who is three or more years older than the victim.