A teenage boy from Harris County, Texas is getting a rude awakening after allegedly sleeping with his underage 12-year-old girlfriend. In Texas, it is illegal for someone to have relations with a minor 12 and under.
The unnamed child’s mother has spoken out in his defense. She says, “My son loved her, and the sex was consensual. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, who agreed.”
“And because he turned 14, they want to make him a sex offender, put him on the registry with pedophiles and child molesters? These are really sick and dangerous people.”
However, in some states, the two-year age gap between the children would actually stand up in court under the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ law. The rule covers sexual relations between parties that have an age gap of three years or less.
In Texas, that cannot be used if one of the parties is 12 or under, and anyone aged ten or up can be charged with the crime.
The whole incident has apparently been causing both parties a lot of chaos. The young boy’s family says that they are going through hell. “What kind of life is he going to have if he’s a sex offender?” His mother stated.
Jackie Stewart Gravois, an attorney with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, said she wasn’t familiar with this specific case, but that it may be dismissed. The boy may not go to court at all, if prosecutors feel there was no violence involved.
Fortunately for the young boy, in Harris County, prosecutors may choose not to pursue a case of ‘sexual assault’ between two juveniles if they feel violence or coercion were not involved.
If the young boy is convicted and labeled as such, he will have to endure what offenders go through. The boy would be subjected to random police checks at their home, at any given time. He wouldn’t be able to vote, and could potentially be refused access to school education.