Can a 21 year old date a 16 year old in the state of Indiana?

Asked about 1 year ago - Patriot, IN

21 year old male emotional and physical relationship with a 16 year old female is it legal in state of Indiana.

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  1. Jeffrey Philip Terrill


    Contributor Level 7

    Answered . The age difference is concerning. Even though a 16 year old can consent to be in a relationship, there are many ways that the adult can find him or herself in legal trouble. Depending on the nature of texts and/or photographs that might be in your possession or her possession, you could be charged with other types of sex offenses, i.e. child exploitation. Also, if you are or were in a position of trust with the person (assistant coach, teacher, etc.) you could be in violation of the law. You should find a relationship with someone 18 years or older and you will avoid many potential legal pitfalls.

  2. Anthony Michael Solis


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . The age of consent in Indiana is 16.

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  3. Steven Parnell Weaver

    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . legal? Possibly. Wise? Not at all for the 16 year old.

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