I recently turned 18 and my boyfriend is 16. We were dating before I turned 18. His parents don't want us dating because of my age, saying that I'll get arrested and whatnot. I don't want to be arrested just for dating someone, so is there actually a law preventing us from dating, and can/will I get arrested for dating him?
In Virginia, it is a crime to contribute to the delinquency of a minor. Temptation often sets in with any dating relationship to risk getting prosecuted for unlawful sexual activity between an adult and minor. Moreover, the very circumstance of an adult dating a minor risks even false accusations of such criminal behavior.
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“ Dating”? No. Having sex? Yes. Going out to events or parties ( unless you violate a curfew) is not illegal. The 16 year old’s parents can still make rules for him. They can, for example, forbid you from trespassing on their private house property. But merely hanging out with him at dinner is not illegal.
You cannot be arrested for dating him, but you can be arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor if you have sexual intercourse.
Honestly, I would have to review each statute separately to answer this question and there are many Felony Crimes involving sexual contact between an adult and a minor. I never give blanket advice without more facts and time to investigate. In some of these statutes the age difference between the two parties may be important. These charges may be very serious and involve registering as sex offender if you fit into the category. I know there is also a lesser charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Va Code Ann. § 18.2-371. This charge speaks to an adult such as yourself and a minor over the age of (15) committing sexual acts.
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