I like an 18 year old guy he likes me too. We want to date but don't know if it is legal or not. I know that there can not be any sex in this relationship and I don't want there to be any cause he could loose his job. But we are still both confused about the laws. And can I date him without parents consent or do I need it???
The age of consent is 16 , but any relationship (particularly a sexual one) before you turn 18 is risky because there is a law "Communicating With a Minor For Immoral Purposes" than can be used to prosecute someone over 18 who is communicating for immoral purposes with someone under 18.
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I agree with my colleague. I write only to add that the age of consent laws govern when there is a sexual component to the relationship. As a practical matter, your parent's could perceive the age difference as inappropriate and create problems for you and your boyfriend. While 3 years doesn't seem like a big difference for adults, it is more important in your case. Good Luck.
15 is really too young to be dating an 18 year old. A 15 year cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse, and as my colleague suggests, there is a risk of other charges. There is simply too much risk and too much temptation for the both of you. If your parents object, it is because they are trying to protect you from growing up too quickly. I am sorry, because I know what I have said will disappoint you, but I still believe it to be true.
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While I agree with my colleagues that an adult dating a minor is risky business, I would add that intercourse between a 15 and 18 year old is not illegal in Washington State provided that there is no special/supervisory relationship between the parties. Rape of a Child Third Degree occurs only when the victim is between 14 and 16 and the adult is at least 48 months older than the victim. 15 and 18 is no more than 36 months, thus a basic sexual relationship is not a crime. I'm the issue of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, this is a trickier issue. There is case law directly on point which says that the communication that occurs during a legal sexual act cannot be a crime. So talking about sex while having sex or immediately preceding a sexual act is not a crime between a 15 year old and an 18 year old. However, the law is more ambiguous when it comes to electronic communications that occur generally and are of a sexual nature and these types of communications are highly inadvisable. Sending explicit photographs to each other would absolutely be a sexual offense, and potentially for you as well. Bottom line, I strongly urge you to reconsider this relationship as it can lead to significant legal and emotional issues for you both.
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