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I have a lingering concern that refuses to go away. I have known a woman for 18 months, much younger (about 30), I am over 60. It has been platonic, occasionally I have purchased her gifts on shopping trips, and recently gone out to dinner and lunch a few times. She actually phones or texts me on most days. After dates, she sends me texts thanking me for a good time. She is dependent upon me. I don't know much about her family history. She seems OK. There has no sexual relationship, but occasionally we played wrestling, just fun; I let her win - documented on texts. I have become fearful you could charge me with an assault. There is no evidence, but I read of a case where someone did that belatedly, and used a friend who claimed the woman came home upset after a date with me. I haven't seen her in a week and that is in public for lunch. Is there anything to fear her. Does the time delay make it less likely anyone would believe this, along with my texts. What if I want to break it off? Am I vulnerable. I also asked her to sign a note saying it was also platonic, and I agreed to help her with college. That was my idea not hers. What do I do?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 6 years ago.
I think you are worrying unnecessarily.

What you are talking about would actually be considered battery. But battery requires "intent" -that is, in order for a person to be found guilty, it has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to cause injury or harm. Not only do you have text messages from her, but there are no police reports of injury, nor hospital or doctor reports of injury. In other words, it would be just about impossible for her to say she had been battered by you.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you. But that is not my real concern. It is a fraudulent sexual assault charge, although again we never engaged in that. I was worried that she and a friend could make up a story like that.
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 6 years ago.
Well, a lot of what I said still applies. You've been together for 18 months, and that works in your favor. If you had assaulted her or harmed her in some way, why would she continue to socialize with you? There are no police reports, no hospital reports, nothing to indicate you have ever intentionally sexually assaulted her. Additionally, you would have your testimony as to your relationship and the text messages between you.

While I can't say she would never do this (because there are people out there who do), it seems unlikely given how long you've known one another. But if you are truly worried, perhaps the best thing you can do is avoid play wrestling with her in the future.
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