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Is it legal to date a minor in Pennsylvania?

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2007-01-12 02:46:01
2007-01-12 02:46:01

What do you mean by "date"? If you're just talking about going to dinner or to a football game, no problem. If you're planning to take the minor to bed you could get into some really big trouble. Pennsylvania law pertaining to legal age is somewhat convoluted when it is applied to personal relationships. The actual legal age of majority for the state is 21, meaning when a person is no longer considered a minor but an adult. The age of legal sexual consent is 16, but the state retains the right to apply other laws pertaining to relationships between adults and minors, confusing to say the least. There is a "stipulation" in Philadelphia PA.If you are 16 there can not be more than a 4 year difference.

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