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I believe the age of consent in NY is 17, but I'm not sure. Anyway, i over-heard a friend of mine (who happens to be my ex) talking about fingering his gf (he's 18, she's 16). I dont think thats legal. I want to tell him, but mostly because i'm jealous. And i dont want to seem like an obsessive ex. what do i do?
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The Wonderful Chart of Legal Ages of Consent for Around the World and for All 50 States, including the text of the laws which apply to that legal age. (One of the most informative sites ever.)

The legal age of consent is 17 in New York.

While it is your decision whether or not to tell him, and why or not you should tell him, what he is doing could get him charged with a Class B Misdemenor, because she is legally not of age to give consent for any type of sex, including manual.

And age of consent doesn't just apply to someone over age of consent and someone under, it usually applies to two people who are both under the age of consent, as an FYI.

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I think you should stay out of this one. It sounds like you shouldn't even have overheard that conversation, and furthermore, your motives are more self-interested than in the interests of helping him out. It is quite possible that he and his partner are aware of the law anyway. If your friend asked you for advice, then it would be appropriate to talk about the law, but as things are, I don't really think it is your place to intervene.
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Although it may be illegal, I'd say stay out of it. All around the world people are 'committing' sexual activities underage: A worldwide bust would see most students of high schools put in Juvenile Hall.
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