If I’m 15 and pregnant, and the father is 18, will he be in any legal trouble?

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If I’m 15 and pregnant, and the father is 18, will he be in any legal trouble?

Asked on January 7, 2013 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The "Age of Consent" is the age at which an individual is deemed by law to be capable of consentually engaging in sexual acts. A person who engages in sexual activity of any type with a partner under the Age of Consent is breaking the law and can be charged with crimes ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony (statutory rape) depending on the jurisdiction in which they are prosecuted. In TX the age of consent is 17. While sex with a minor is a crime, even if the perpertrator is less than 3 years older, it is an affirmative defense in your state.

Bottom line, if the authorities become aware of this situation (e.g. your parents file a criminal complaint) then yes, your boyfirend can be in trouble for having had sex with you.


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