Laws with minors dating adults
Likewise, under a "close-in-age" provision, if a person under 16 (and 12 or older) has sex with someone less than five years older, they can be considered to have consented unless the older person is in a position of authority.
But in that respect the law has not changed, says Ms. In the case of, say, a 15- and a 19-year-old, if the 19-year-old is the skating coach, "it would be a crime, as it has always been." "The fact that it's less than five years doesn't make it automatically legal.
But I just don’t know how to deal with my feelings for him. Generally there are no specific laws saying who you can date and who you can’t date.
I don’t want to end our friendship because of this. However any minor’s a parent can forbid the adult from having contact with their child.
Punishments vary depending on the respective ages of both victim and offender.
In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.
Your comment that your relationship “is probably frowned upon” does not properly describe the serious nature of it.
If this man had any type of sexual contact with you it would be a significant infraction of the law that would involve jail time and requiring him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Without parental approval the relationship would be unlawful.
Teen Health FX is guessing that your parents are not aware of this relationship and that you having been keeping a secret from them.
Evan without sexual contact there are many other factors that could land him in jail.