Can I date a 18 year old if I'm 15?
Question Details: I live in MO. I am a 15 year old and I'm dating a 17 year old but he's going to be turning 18 pretty soon. Were 2 years and 9 months apart. Would it be legal for us to date? Is there a Romeo and Juliet law in MO protecting him since he is under 21 and I'm over 14?
The age of consent in MO is 17 years old. This means that even if sexual acts are "consensual," if one party is under the age of 17, statutory rape charges can be filed. However, there is an exception to statutory rape if the victim is over 14 and the accused is under 21. However, it does not mean they cannot get into trouble with the law since MO also has a law that makes it child molesting a misdemeanor offense.
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