Statutory rape is prosecuted under Oklahoma’s rape and sex crime laws.
Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape.
Of course, rape that does involve force or an assault is illegal in Oklahoma and prosecuted as forcible rape (see Oklahoma Sexual Battery Laws).
Assaults of a sexual nature may also be charged under the state’s assault and battery laws (to learn more, see Aggravated Assault Laws in Oklahoma and Child Enticement in Oklahoma).
First degree rape includes consensual sex (which includes penetration, however slight, by a body part or other object) between a minor who is younger than 14 and a defendant who is 18 or older.
Penalties include at least five years (and up to life) in prison.