A young teen is facing the possibility of life as a registered sex offender after being arrested for having sex with his girlfriend, who is two years younger.
The Texas teen, who was in seventh grade at the time of the alleged sex, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. His girlfriend was a sixth-grader at the time.
According to LMT Online, the boy was 14, and his girlfriend was 12.
"He had consensual sex with his little girlfriend and he loved her. They were boyfriend-girlfriend," the teen's mother told the Houston Chronicle. "And because he turned 14, they want to make him a sex offender, put him on the registry with pedophiles and child molesters—really sick and dangerous people."
Typically, the law has a defense for juveniles that have consensual sex with someone within three years of their age, sometimes called a "Romeo and Juliet" rule. However that rule does not apply in Texas if one of the parties is under 14.
"The idea that a 14-year-old who has sex with a person just a little bit younger then him or her would be treated as the worst of the worst in our society and placed on the sex offender registry is really sick," said the teen's attorney, Joseph Gutheinz.
Both minors were not identified in reports.