14-year-old boy accused of having sex with 12-year-old girl
The mother, who spoke to Eyewitness News on condition of anonymity, said her son was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault on a child a few months ago. The two went to the same college and were a year apart, she said. He was charged because she was 12 and he was a few months older than 14.
If he is found criminally responsible, there could be long-term consequences.
“Since he was 14, he risks being entered in the sex registry. The sex registry is intended for absolute criminals, pedophiles, child molesters, dangerous people. The worst of the worst,” said she declared.
There is an exemption for certain adolescents. The so-called Romeo and Juliet law protects those who have consensual sex with a person under the age of three. So in Texas a 17-year-old can legally have sex with a 14-year-old, but if either party is under 14, such as the girl in this case, the law does not apply. .
“Every parent needs to know if you have a sexually active son or daughter,” she warned. “It terrifies us. It terrifies him. He won’t have a future. He won’t be able to go to school. He won’t be able to find a job. He won’t be able to find a job digging ditches because he will not be able to pass a background check. “
This is why she and her lawyer are taking the floor.
“Where is the common sense? It is incomprehensible that we are doing this to the children of our society and something has to change,” said Joe Gutheinz, the boy’s lawyer.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed the case. A spokesperson declined to comment due to minor privacy concerns.
Juvenile court judges decide whether offenders are on the register, which has happened, according to two lawyers defending minors.
The boy’s mother asks for compassion.
“Everyone was young. Everyone has a past. Everyone made mistakes,” she added.