Is it legal for a 17 year old to be in a relationship with a 15 year old?

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Is it legal for a 17 year old to be in a relationship with a 15 year old?

From what I understand it would be legal.

Asked on September 17, 2015 under Criminal Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In many states, MN among them, exceptions to statutory rape laws have been enacted. Their are known as "Romeo and Juliet" laws. They protect young people from criminal charges resulting from consensual sexual activity.
In MN, for children between the age 13, 14 or 15, people who are not more than 2 years older cannot be prosecuted for sexual penetration and people who are within in 4 years in age and not in a position of authority cannot be prosecuted for less serious sexual conduct. So, for example, a 17-year-old who has sex with a 15-year-old cannot be prosecuted.


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