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Is it legal for a 18 year old to date a 15 year old in new York?

Carmel, NY |

I am 14 now and my boyfriend 17 , his birthday is in October and mine is in November . when he is 18 I will be 15 can he get in any legal trouble at all ? we live in new York

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Are you asking about dating? or about sex?

Are your parents happy with this?

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Dating is not illegal. The legal age for consent to sex in NY is 17.

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Dating is not illegal, however, having sex would be considered statutory rape. Be careful.


Yes. You cannot consent to the various types of intercourse at your age.

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You should probably get the approval of both sets of parents before you date an older boy. If you have sex it is statutory rape since you cannot consent until you are 17. He would be arrested and possible be a registered sex offender. Unless you are very mature for your age it may be wise to find a boy your own age since this relationship can lead to him being prosecuted and since you may not be able to know who is appropriate for you at your age.