Lewd molestation of a minor in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a serious felony and a sex crime. A conviction for a sex crime in Tulsa can stay with you for life.
The mere accusation of molestation can also have an immediate and serious social impact on one’s daily life.
A consultation with an experienced Tulsa criminal attorney is always recommended to build the best defense possible against such a charge.
What is Lewd Molestation of a Minor in Tulsa?
Lewd molestation of a minor is improper sexual contact with children under the age of 16. The words “lewd” and “lascivious” signify conduct that is lustful or sexually indulgent. In Tulsa, lewd molestation of a minor is covered under the statute for making a lewd or indecent proposal to a child.
A person may be charged in Tulsa for lewd molestation of a minor if he knowingly and intentionally does any of the following:
- Makes any lewd or indecent proposal to any child under 16 years of age, or other individual the person believes to be a child under 16 years of age, for the child to have unlawful sexual relations or sexual intercourse with any person. The proposal can be oral, written, electronically, or computer-generated.
- Looks upon, touches, mauls, or feels the body or private parts of any child under 16 years of age in any lewd or lascivious manner.
- Asks, invites, entices, or persuades any child under 16 years of age, to go alone with any person to a secluded, remote, or secret place, with the unlawful and willful intent and purpose then and there to commit any crime against public decency and morality with the child; or
- lewdly or lasciviously looks upon, touches, mauls, or feels the body or private parts of any child under 16 years of age in any indecent manner or in any manner relating to sexual matters or sexual interest; or
- in a lewd and lascivious manner and for the purpose of sexual gratification.
- Urinates or defecates upon a child under 16 years of age.
- Ejaculates upon or in the presence of a child.
- Causes, exposes, forces or requires a child to look upon the body or private parts of another person.
- Forces or requires any child under 16 years of age to view any obscene materials, child pornography, or materials deemed harmful to minors.
- Causes, exposes, forces, or requires a child to look upon sexual acts performed in the presence of the child, or
- forces or requires a child to touch or feel the body or private parts of the child or another person. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1123)
A conviction for the lewd molestation of a minor is a felony crime in Oklahoma, punishable by three to 20 years in prison.
If the child is under 12 at the time the acts are committed, the crime is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison. The offender shall not be eligible for probation or suspended or deferred sentences.
A third or subsequent violation shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment of life or life without parole. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1123)
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If you or someone you know has been accused of lewd molestation of a minor in Oklahoma, please contact a Tulsa criminal defense attorney to discuss your available legal options.
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