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is it illegal for a girl of 17 to have a sexual relationship

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is it illegal for a girl of 17 to have a sexual relationship with a man who is 22
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Hello and thanks for choosing Just Answer®. I am a licensed attorney, and I will be glad to try and assist you. To provide you with accurate information, could you please clarify these points:

 

  1. What is the jurisdiction (state) in question?
  2. Are you the 17 year old in question? (please confirm you are 18 years of age or older in accordance with our terms of service)

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
No I'm related to the male and I don't want him to get into trouble
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
State of Arkansas I'm 72 yrs old 03-15-1937
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Hello and thanks so much for choosing this forum to pose your important legal question. I will do my best to give you some honest and accurate guidance as I answer your question.

 

  1. I am a licensed attorney, and I will be glad to try and answer your question. I hope that the following information will be helpful to you, but please just write back if you have any follow-up questions or need clarification on anything after reviewing the following information. Thank you for taking the time to write back and supply the additional requested information, which was helpful to my analysis of your inquiry. I would be glad to interact with you further if needed after you click "Accept" to process my answer.
  2. I commend you for being concerned about your relative. It is certainly prudent to check and make sure, as you are doing here. Based on what you have related here, there is no cause for concern as to criminal culpability.

    In Arkansas, the age of consent is 16 for a minor (<18) with a major more than 20 years old. In other words, your male relative is not breaking the law by having a consensual sexual relationship with this female.

 

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