Is it illegal for a 22 year old to date a 16 year old? 3 Answers as of July 02, 2013

He lives in Europe and I live in USA so there is no sexual contact.

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Lawyer for Independent Media | Sue Basko
I'd have to know more to answer this question. Are you the 22 year old or the 16 year old? And what do you mean by "date"? If a 22 year old in the US is contacting a 16 year old in Europe, and having relationship-type conversations, and sending sexual photos back and forth, the 22 year old in the US may indeed be charged with Child pornography charges and other charges and end out spending 10 or more years in prison and being labeled as a sexual predator for life. Anyone in the US who is over age 18 who wants to carry on any sort of relationship with anyone under age 18 who is anywhere in the world, should first bring the details to a lawyer and get advice. Better yet, if you are over 18, carry on relations only with people who are also over 18 years old.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/2/2013
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
It is not illegal to date someone 6 years older than yours, although that's pretty difficult to do from a distance as dating usually means spending time together. However, several relationship behaviors may be illegal such as sending nude or suggestive photos to each other online.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 7/2/2013
Gleam Law
Gleam Law | Neil Juneja
Without a physical relationship, there are no laws broken. As long as the relationship remains in the form of electronic communication (and no compromising images or videos of underage individuals are shared), you should be fine.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/2/2013
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