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TX: Sex with 17-year-old girl is legal in Texas—sexted pics of her are kid porn

Try to follow along. In Texas, it’s legal to have sex with somebody as young as 17 years old. But it’s considered child pornography to have nude pictures of somebody under 18, even if he or she is 17. Full Article

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  1. Marie

    Love this from the comments :

    The age of consent three miles down the road from me (in Oregon) is 18, but it’s 16 where I live (in Washington). But wait! If I’m more than 60 months older than the a 16-17 year old here, it becomes illegal again, 18 remains all good. But I had better not be their teacher, because that’s illegal up to the point the student is 21, even if I’m the same age.

    If I was a 22 year old teacher, it would be illegal to have sex with a 16 year old, legal with a 17 year old, legal with an 18 year old, but illegal if a 21 year old was my student, until her 22nd birthday. I could also walk three miles and be branded a sex offender for life for hopping in the sack with that same 17 year old again on the other side of the state line, but Oregon doesn’t have the teacher/student thing, so as a 22 year old teacher I could take my 21 year old student for a quickie there and be all good in the eyes of the law.

    • curiouser

      But remember….If it saves just one 16 year old…err..17 year old….I mean, 21 year old pupil from WASHINGTON….or was that OREGON…oh the hell with it…

    • Mike

      Oh, it gets even crazier than that, for some states the age of consent laws only apply to different gender interactions, so take two fraternal twins, one male, one female, both the same age. It could be perfectly legal for a guy to have sex with the girl, but illegal to have sex with her twin brother who’s the same age (or vice versa for a woman with the brother vs. the sister.)

      • David

        LOL “It gets even crazier…” You don’t have to tell us, Mike! Most of us have experienced this rabbit hole of legal lunacy!

      • ab

        Mike that is called incest and is illegal in the United States regardless of age. I believe what you meant was if two sixteen year olds in a state where the age of consent is sixteen had sex it would be legal in certain states only if it was a female/male pairing. Two females or two males would have a different age of consent (eighteen) despite a female/male couple being able to consent at sixteen. This also applies to states where the age of consent is seventeen. Additionally not all states have age gap provisions or Romeo and Juliet laws.

  2. Stephen

    Church people and Families don’t like nude photos and they Vote. People that like Nude photos don’t feel the need to vote. So who do you think the government will listen to ? Fight for your rights or hide under your rock.

    As to the 2 comments above, you left out when crossing state line it becomes Federal Law and state law. you can be tried in Both Courts for the same offense.

    • Mike

      And frequently the feds will be waiting when someone is released from state prison to cart them off for the federal charges, which sounds a lot of double jeopardy but somehow isn’t. It’s almost as bad as trying to figure out the distinctions between the criminal and civil justice systems which are supposed to deal with different things but for registered citizens seem to lose a lot of the distinctions!

  3. Erwin

    This absurd law is not limited to Texas. In Wisconsin it’s a misdemeanor to have sex with a teen as young as 16. But it’s a class D Felony to possess a pornographic image of a 16 year old. Add to that, it’s a mandatory 3 year prison term in WI for possession of CP. So you can do 3 years in prison for looking at a pornographic image of a 16 year old on your laptop whereas you probably face not much more than probation for doing the deed in the flesh

  4. Punished for Life

    Just another case of how absolutely hypocritical some of these laws have become. There’s just not much to say about this mess. More power to that old fart for getting a little from the 17 year old grown woman.

  5. David

    So, if the 17-year old girl, of her own free will and initiative, snaps a nude selfie and sends it to her boyfriend, she is both the perpetrator and victim of production and distribution of CP. In court, can the victim herself ask for leniency for the accused (also herself)? Does she have to pay for her own therapy as a victim and then also pay for mandatory sex offender counseling? Well, I hope her name is either Cybil or Eve, because she’ll have a justice system-induced case of multiple personality disorder!!

    • ab

      It could apply to sixteen year olds too. Also imagine an eighteen year old sending a photo or video to their under eighteen boyfriend/girlfriend. Sending minors sexually explicit material is not legal. Worse yet would be if its an international exchange. In one country self produced content might not be a big deal where in the other country it could be.

  6. Timmr

    It is all a misguided attempt to control moral behavior. It doesn’t work. People still do it when they don’t see an actual harm being done or no one being hurt. We have this in common with Iran, well not in exact methods, but in effect, they stone adulterers and shame people who drink and yet thousands still do these things despite the government crackdown. All it really does is show government muscle and solidify its reign. And provides fodder for rebellion.

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