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Statutory rape in the state of Oklahoma

All crimes that involve sex are cause for concern in the state of Oklahoma. When these crimes involve children, there is a heightened sense of concern due to the age of the child and their inability to give legal consent on matters of a sexual nature. The law outlines the age of consent for certain sexual acts while also stating the penalty for the crime.

In Oklahoma, the age of consent is 16. Statutory rape occurs when a minor has sex with an individual that is at least three years older than the minor and is over the age of 18. If a minor is found to have had oral sex, the male could be charged with forcible oral sodomy. The law applies equally to male and female defendants. The laws for sex crimes also applies to same sex couples.

Anyone convicted of second degree rape may be subject to 15 years in prison and may have to register as an aggravated sex offender. If a victim is under the age of 14, a charge of first degree rape could be levied against a defendant. First degree rape carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. Statutory rape is a strict liable crime. Therefore, regardless of the intent of the individuals, the fact that the sex occurred means a statutory rape has occurred.

The charge of statutory rape brings negative social connotations that can have a major impact on the life of the accused. Experienced criminal defense will ensure that the prosecution proves every element of the crime and make sure that the defendant's constitutional rights are protected.

Source: The Age of Consent, "OUJI-CR 4-138," Accessed on March 23, 2015

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