17 You are considered a minor (someone who is not an adult) if you are under 18 years old. “State Facts About Abortion.” State Center, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. This is a legal status that lawmakers created for your protection. 14.“Parental Involvement in Minors’ Abortions,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 15.“Counseling and Waiting Periods for Abortions,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 16.“State Funding of Abortions Under Medicaid,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. Indecency with a Child is the Texas offense that is commonly known as “Child Molestation.” In order to obtain a conviction for Indecency with a Child, the state’s lawyers must prove that the victim was under 17 years old and that the molestation was either by “exposure” (Indecency – Exposure) or by sexual “contact” (Indecency – Contact).
One main difference is the age of consent for each offense (in the case of indecency with a child, the age of consent is 17 years old, whereas the age of consent is 18 years old for sexual performance).
Indecency with a Child is one of the “Statutory Rape” charges in Texas, the other related law being Sexual Assault of a Child.
No physical evidence is required to make an arrest.
A conviction for an offense of this nature can result in a prison sentence that is decades long and a lifetime of registration as a sex offender.
The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.
In 2007, these laws went into effect in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Texas.
The problem typically arises when the male is 18 or 19, the female is between 14 and 16, and the parent of the younger teen presses charges.
(Even Romeo would be labeled a sex offender today, as he was believed to be 16 and Juliet 13 when their relationship began.)Though the age of consent (i.e.
the age at which an individual can legally agree to have sex) varies from state to state – and often splits along gender lines – it is definitive in one aspect: it refers to sexual acts between heterosexuals. S., sex between homosexuals is either not addressed by existing laws or is considered a crime.