im a 15 y/o female and my best friend is a 19 y/o male. we are just friends. i ran away because my dad choked me and my friend picked me up, i stayed with him for a few hours, he then convinced me to call my aunt to tell her i was safe and she picked me up. my dad found out his age and wants to press charges on him. we've never had sex. he didn't know i was 15 when we became friends.
Given the facts that you present - no sexual interaction of any kind - I don't see that any law was violated.
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While North Carolina does allow private individuals to make a criminal complaint to a magistrate, generally any type of felony or sexual offense is going to require some investigation by law enforcement before a warrant is issued. The question in this case is what crimes, if any, might have taken place.
Because you are underage it would be unlawful for your friend to have any sort of sexual contact with you. Since you say that has not happened then there would be no evidence to support one of these serious statutory sex offenses. However you are also a juvenile and a minor, so there are other crimes that could be alleged such as contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile (you state you ran away which can form the basis of a juvenile petition against you, and you state that he assisted you).
Ultimately if your friend is charged with something then it will be his responsibility to get a lawyer and see what defenses might be available to him. From your perspective, the reality is that you are much younger than he is, and being your "best friend" is probably going to continue to put him in harm's way. You may want to consider whether having a close relationship with somebody several years older is a great idea, if for no other reason than it is likely to continue to cause him legal problems.
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Your dad would be the person in trouble for choking you, and report this to the police and child services.
Difficult family dynamic. Parents can be over-protective of the best interest of their children. Should not be choking their children which is an issue in and of itself. Regardless, someone who "Wants to press charges on him" is different from actually - Pressing charges on him. Perhaps given a little time everyone can talk and look at how it all came to this point. If report is filed, the police will investigate and speak to all parties to determine if or what charges bear out on facts and evidence. If you and other party did not engage in sex (consensual or not) there is no crime on that count.
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If you are within 48 months apart, statutory rape is not possible. Your father can try to press charges but based on what you said he doesn't have much evidence of any sexual offense. I also doubt he will be able to charge him with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile because you were only gone from home for a couple of hours.
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