Is it legal for an 18 year old to have a non-sexual relationship with a 16 year old in the state of PEnnsylvania

UPDATED: Apr 24, 2019

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Is it legal for an 18 year old to have a non-sexual relationship with a 16 year old in the state of PEnnsylvania

I am in a relationship that is non sexual so I
was wondering is it legal or illegal in the
state of PA

Asked on April 24, 2019 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There are no laws regulating non-sexual friendships or relationships among 16 and 18 year olds. That said, remember that 16-year old is a minor and under his/her parents' control. The 16-year old's parents could order him/her to not see you, and have the authority to prevent him or her from doing so. They could press charges for trespassing or harassment against you, if you go to their house or keep contacting their family after they tell you to not do so. So if there is parently opposition to this, you would be better off not pursuing or continuing the relationship.


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