There is no sexual contact, but my mother is threatening to report me to the police for associating with him. But, can an accusation really cause issues with trying to launch my career if there is no proof of any sexual relations?
Depending on what is going on during your dates, you could be vulnerable to a charge of Corruption of a Minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6301. While the age of consent for sexual relations is 16 in Pennsylvania, and thus you cannot be charged with statutory rape, the crime of Corruption of a Minor is a much broader charge meant to deal with all possible issues arising from relationships between people under 18 and people over 18.
You would be particularly vulnerable if you are this boy's teacher or counselor or have some other supervisory role over him.
Mr. Amuso is correct. Listen to your mother. FInd someone your own age.
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It may depend on what you mean by "dating" the 16 year old. As the other attorney's explain, however, there are various criminal statutes that could apply, including corruption of minors which covers a potentially broad area of activity with a minor, even contact that does not involve any type of sexual activity. If you are concerned about the potential impact on your career, it seems you have answered your own question -- you should not be involved with a minor.
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