I'm not sure where the above answerer got their information from, but it's patently incorrect.Firstly, to answer the question: if by "dating", you mean simply two people spending time together (and EXCLUDING any form of sexual contact), there are no laws regarding this anywhere.If he is actively showing that he intends to provide financially for the child, the state's interest in prosecuting him may be diminished.
In 49 states, adults (18 years of age and older) cannot legally take part in sexual conduct with minors (17 years of age and under). You can legally: hold hands, talk, stay the night at each other homes, go to dinner, etc. They cannot arrest two people for going to dinner as friends (never admit to dating).This is not limited to sexual intercourse, and any police officer who believes this is wrong will try their hardest to find some kind of illegal activity to arrest you for. It's anything that goes a step further that is illegal.Sexual conduct is ILLEGAL with anyone under the age of 18 in California, even if both parties are under 18.It's a lesser crime (misdemeanor) if both are under 18 or the age difference is 3 years or less, but it's still a crime. Bdend-1g /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr #ya-best-answer, #ya-qpage-msg, #ya-question-detail, li.ya-other-answer .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Bxsh-003-prpl #yai-q-answer, #ya-trending, #ya-related-questions h2. Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .
This page explains the law about when a minor (someone under 18) can and can’t consent to sexual activity.
Free association is a right of all people, regardless of age.
Note that transporting a minor without their parent's permission can possibly violate some laws, so be careful if the minor and adult travel together.
To do so is fraught with dangers, however, as a multitude of behaviors can constitute Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, which is a crime.
Sharing a beer, making out, or being around guns are just three examples which could get the adult in trouble. Since she is "almost 18," and since there is parental consent, the wise person would hang with her at her parent's house until she is in fact 18.
This may lessen the liklihood that things get uglier than they already are.