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    i am 16 dating a 20 year old we are not having sex. is that illegal?


    It is generally not illegal for you to date as long as there is no sexual activity involved. In Arizona, it is generally against the law for anyone eighteen years or older to have sex with a person under the age of eighteen. (A.R.S. § 13-1405). While there are exceptions (defenses) they should be read carefully as the law is provided to protect the minor. (A.R.S § 13-1407(F)). Also, A.R.S. § 13-1401 defines the terms used in these statutes. Generally, If all of the following are true, then it is not criminal for two teenagers to have sexual relations:
    1. the minor (or the younger person) is at least 15 years old
    2. the older person is less than 24 months older than the younger one
    3. the activity is consensual
    4. the older person is under 19 years of age or still in high school

    1 thru 4 of 4 comments    [ 1 ]   
    On 05/29/09
    ashley from IN said:
    well i was wondering kind of the same thing. because i want to date this guy but im 16 and hes 31. but im not sure about the age of consent laws but theres no sex, so i dont think it should matter. can anyone help me with this?
    On 03/12/09
    from AZ said:
    I'm a 21 year old girl dating a 16 year old guy I do not believe it is illegal or wrong as long as the parents are aware and agree to it.
    On 09/08/08
    from AL said:
    i think it is fine as long as u arent having sex because some girls like a older guy. cause he is more mature.
    On 08/03/08
    C from FL said:
    this is so not rite i dont think that you should be able to date a 24 year old if you are 16. they should be suid
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