I met a 14 year old and we are friends, I’m 19 yeas old is that against the law?

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I met a 14 year old and we are friends, I’m 19 yeas old is that against the law?

I met a 14 year old and I’m 19, we are just friends for the time being. His parents
don’t want me to hang with their son? We don’t do anything sexual at all or never
before. His parents recently called the police on me because of the age different,
and he lied about hanging out with me to his parents. The police said they would
get in contact with me at a later date. A police report be made about the age
different and us hanging out. Could I get arrest?

Asked on March 4, 2017 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

While being just friends with this 14 year old may not be illegal, it is highly inadviseable. If things escalate between you and become sexual in nature, then you can be prosecuted for statutory rape, even if the sex is consensual. Further, when the victim is younger than 16, the penalties are more severe.


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