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My girlfriend is 16 and I am 19. I'm in CA, she's in

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My girlfriend is 16 and I am 19. I'm in CA, she's in Oklahoma. I've never made sexual remarks to her and neither did she. All we did was send kiss and hug emoticons to each other and send I love you, and I call her babe usually. That's all. Can I get it trouble for that?

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I'm an international student studying in CA. That's all.

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There is absolutely nothing illegal about what you are doing. It is not illegal for a 19 year old to have a friendship with or date a 16 year old. And there's nothing wrong with writing to each other and expressing your feelings.

You seem to already know what you can't do via text, phone or email: you can't exchange sexually explicit videos or photos with her. You cant sext.

Stick to what you're doing, and you won't get into any trouble.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Last question : I'm just worried about one thing. We talked about cuddling , not for long though. And once I said "can't wait to have you wake by my side", I realised that's quite dubious because I didn't mean it in a sexual way so I clarified it in the next message. But I was thinking, does that statement and joking about kisses etc. pose any threat? And I've already rated you 5 stars :) . Thank you so much for your help!!

Sorry for the delay. I left my computer to walk and feed my dogs.

Cuddling is not a sex offense. Affection between people who care for each other such as, holding hands, hugging, kissing and cuddling are not sex. You don't have anything to worry about.

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