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Can a 14 year old date a 17 year old in the state of new york

Brooklyn, NY |

I have a family member who is 14 and is dating a 17 year old but she doesnt know if its illegal or not she doesnt want her boyfriend to feel scared and trapped for being with her.

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  1. Date yes.
    Sex no.

    The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.


  2. "Dating" is not a legally recognized relationship in NY and, as such, there is no law against a 14 year old and a 17 year old dating. If they have sex, it will be statutory rape.

    The above answer is intended for informational purposes and is not legal advice. It does not constitute the creation of an attorney-client relationship.


  3. If they have sex, the boyfriend can go to jail for a long time. If they stop short of sex, the boyfriend could still be charged with a lesser crime i.e. contributing to a delinquency of a minor, and still have legal consequences. This gets worse when he turns 18, and she's either 14 or 15.

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