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Is it illegal 18 year old teen to date a 16 year old

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Is it illegal for a 18 year old teen to date a 16 year old
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Zoey, JD replied 2 years ago.
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Any two people can date lawfully, regardless of their age. HOWEVER, in California the age of sexual consent is 18.
So while there's nothing wrong with an 18 year old dating a 16 year old, he can be prosecuted for statutory rape if he has sex with her, even if she's a willing participant. The state of California does not have any Romeo and Juliet law that would make exception for two teenagers close in age to have sex if one of them is under 18.
They can date, but sexual contact is unlawful.