I'm needing to know if it is legal for a 15 year female old to date a 19 year old male
First, I am not an attorney in Tennessee, so my answer is not offered as legal advice. I would for legal advice contact a local Tennessee criminal defense attorney. That said, typically it maybe legal to date, but there is a huge difference between dating and sexual contact. Based upon past experience in Michigan, I would avoid a relationship that could potentially explode into criminal charges. See the below website for the apparent law in Tennessee. Good luck!
This question pops up all the time . . . and the answer is that a 15 year old dating anyone 18 or older is a terrible idea for the adult. Is it illegal? It depends on what you mean by dating. There can be absolutely no sexual contact . . . and just about everything in a dating relationship is going to be sexual. No touching. No sexual pictures (even with clothes on). If the girls parents are not on board, then you cannot date. At a minimum, you should wait until the female is 16. However, even at 16, the male is setting himself up for criminal liability that could destroy the rest of his life.
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In North Carolina, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone 16 or younger), even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape. You asked about dating, but just in case you meant whether a 19 year old could have a physical relationship, please know that you should not!
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