What are the laws concerning dating between a 22 year old and a 16 year old?

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What are the laws concerning dating between a 22 year old and a 16 year old? And I am talking about just dating, no sexual contact.
12/21/2007   |   Category: Minors   |   State: Indiana   |   #14246

Answer:

The following is an Indiana statute:

IC 35-42-4-9 (a) A person at least eighteen (18) years of age who, with....


(a) A person at least eighteen (18) years of age who, with a child at
least fourteen (14) years of age but less than sixteen (16) years of age,
performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct commits
sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony. However, the offense is:

(1) a Class B felony if it is committed by a person at least twenty-one
(21) years of age; and

(2) a Class A felony if it is committed by using or threatening the use
of deadly force, if it is committed while armed with a deadly weapon, if it
results in serious bodily injury, or if the commission of the offense is
facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim's knowledge, with
a drug (as defined in IC 16-42-19-2(1)) or a controlled substance (as
defined in IC 35-48-1-9) or knowing that the victim was furnished with the
drug or controlled substance without the victim's knowledge.

(b) A person at least eighteen (18) years of age who, with a child at
least fourteen (14) years of age but less than sixteen (16) years of age,
performs or submits to any fondling or touching, of either the child or the
older person, with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desires of
either the child or the older person, commits sexual misconduct with a
minor, a Class D felony. However, the offense is:

(1) a Class C felony if it is committed by a person at least twenty-one
(21) years of age; and

(2) a Class B felony if it is committed by using or threatening the use
of deadly force, while armed with a deadly weapon, or if the commission of
the offense is facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim's
knowledge, with a drug (as defined in IC 16-42-19-2(1)) or a controlled
substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9) or knowing that the victim was
furnished with the drug or controlled substance without the victim's
knowledge.

(c) It is a defense that the accused person reasonably believed that the
child was at least sixteen (16) years of age at the time of the conduct.
However, this subsection does not apply to an offense described in
subsection (a)(2) or (b)(2).

(d) It is a defense that the child is or has ever been married. However,
this subsection does not apply to an offense described in subsection (a)(2)
or (b)(2).

(e) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section if all the
following apply:

(1) The person is not more than four (4) years older than the victim.

(2) The relationship between the person and the victim was a dating
relationship or an ongoing personal relationship. The term "ongoing
personal relationship" does not include a family relationship.

(3) The crime:

(A) was not committed by a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years
of age;

(B) was not committed by using or threatening the use of deadly force;

(C) was not committed while armed with a deadly weapon;

(D) did not result in serious bodily injury;

(E) was not facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim's
knowledge, with a drug (as defined in IC 16-42-19-2(1)) or a controlled
substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9) or knowing that the victim was
furnished with the drug or controlled substance without the victim's
knowledge; and

(F) was not committed by a person having a position of authority or
substantial influence over the victim.

(4) The person has not committed another sex offense (as defined in
IC 11-8-8-5.2) (including a delinquent act that would be a sex offense if
committed by an adult) against any other person.

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