A 31-year-old Texan, Himmer Amilcar Beltran-Rodriguez, is accused of impregnating a teen baby-sitter, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The man from Houston has been charged with sexual assault of a child because he presumably impregnated a 15-year-old that was hired by his wife as a babysitter for their children. The girl came forward when she was 18-years-old, though the alleged incident occurred years earlier, in spring of 2008. The girl had been working for the Beltran-Rodriguez family at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Galveston Road.
The criminal complaint alleges that the relationship began with flirtation and kissing and evolved into late-night meetings around three in the morning, where sexual intercourse allegedly occurred. There is also some reporting to suggest that the girl's parents were aware of the relationship and only put a stop to it when they became aware that she had become pregnant, reports the Chronicle.
The age of consent in Texas appears from the law to be seventeen, but there is no clear statement on "consent." However, Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code does define sexual assault of a child as one under the age of seventeen.
Going forward, the courts will seek to confirm the paternity of the child. Establishing paternity can be an important step in the life-span of a Texas child. The aim of establishing paternity is so that the mother is not alone in having to support or care for the child. In this case, if it is found that Mr. Beltran-Rodriguez is the father, then he may be liable for child support. This would be the case even if he ends up in jail to serve the time for the sexual assault of a child charge.
To learn more about paternity and the agent of consent in Texas please consult with an attorney and use your best judgment. It is an area fraught with risk.