Alright, I'm just going to start by explaining the situation:
This girl and I met online about six months ago and we've been talking about meeting up in real life. (Please bear with me - I know most people suggest against this, but don't be too quick to judge, we're trying to be responsible about it) We decided that we'd spend the day together at a crowded amusement park, so there obviously won't be any sexual conduct (maybe pg-13 stuff if it feels natural but clearly nothing that wouldn't be allowed in public).
Anyways, the problem comes from the fact that she cannot tell her parents about this. They are very strict and certainly wouldn't approve (whether I'm from online or not), but she insists that we meet up anyways. Unfortunately, that puts me in a bad position because IF they find out, I don't want to be liable of any "Age of Consent" laws, or any others really... And this sneakiness isn't going to help my case.
- I'm a 19 year old male
- She will be 17 when we meet (we decided to wait a short while as a precaution, mostly pertaining to "Age of Consent" laws)
- Our birthdays are about 2.5 years apart
- We live in Texas
- My mom already approved, though she's the one who initially suggested that I wait until my friend is above the age of consent to avoid possible legal ramifications
- My friend stated in the far past that it wasn't a "date", but we've really gotten closer since then. That is why I'm not too far how this will go, but as said, nothing that would be inappropriate in public will take place
Jeez, when it's written out like this then the whole thing just seems like a bad idea but I know that if I don't do this then I'll likely regret it. I very much like and respect this girl, and would love to show my appreciation for our friendship in person - even if its just for one day. But I'm also a bit paranoid about what could go wrong, IF it goes wrong. My intentions are clearly genuine but if her parents become irate then they may look for any excuse to get me in trouble.
So what do you think? From a purely legal standpoint, am I just being paranoid or are my concerns valid?