Jose Nahun Lopez-Cruz, 24, appears to follow a rather flexible view of the criminal code. When police approached him while illegally parking, Lopez-Cruz introduced them to his 15-year-old wife but assured the officers that “It’s OK, she is gonna be 16 soon.” It didn’t. He was charged with sexual assault of a child.
Police found an open can of alcohol and a small bag of marijuana in the center console of Lopez-Cruz’s Toyota Camry.
The one defense that Lopez-Cruz could have made was foreclosed due to his age. In Texas, sex with someone below the age of 17 is statutory rape unless the older person is not more than three years their senior. Lopez-Cruz misses that mark by years.