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My sister is dating this guy she has been dating for a year and a half. He is about to turn 18 and she 17 is it legal for them to still date? They have had sex. The reason for asking this is because our mother like to threaten us with stuff an I know this is going to be one (by informing the authorities ) I figured it would be considering they have been dating for so long but I just wanted to make sure?
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The age of consent in Texas is 17, not 18. If your sister is 17, she is legally old enough to make her own decisions concerning who she has sex with, according to Texas law. (If you need to look it up, you can find the law in the Texas penal code at section 22.011. There's more detail there.)

It wouldn't have been relevant how long they'd been dating, though- the only thing that matters is how old each of them is, the age difference between them, and whether or not they're married.

To be clear, it would ALWAYS be legal for them to date - what would be illegal, if she were under 17, would be for them to have sex.

Also to be clear, the people on this site (including me) aren't lawyers, so if statutory rape laws are something your sister is really concerned about, you should probably suggest that she talk with someone locally- if not a lawyer, then at least a local counselor who's familiar with the law.

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