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Oklahoma Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activity Laws

We all know that coerced sexual activities like rape and sexual assault are against the law. But what about voluntary sexual activity, or something not even sexual? For instance, can you get in trouble for “mooning” your friends count? And can your friends get in trouble for taking a photo on their phones and texting it out? Here is a quick introduction to prohibited consensual sexual activity laws in Oklahoma.

Sexual Activities Laws

There are voluntary sexual activities that are regulated under state consensual sexual activity laws in all jurisdictions, including the Sooner State. Most of the time, these guidelines reflect the social and political norms of the particular state at the time the laws were created, and thus are subject to change over time. Oklahoma prohibits public indecency, indecent exposure, and prostitution, and some consensual sexual activities can be prosecuted under its disorderly conduct statute.

Consensual Sexual Activity Laws in Oklahoma

The following chart outlines Oklahoma’s prohibited consensual sexual activity laws.

Sodomy Laws Applicable to

Both sexes or a beast

Penalty for Sodomy

Oklahoma Statutes Title 21 § 886: Crime against nature

Felony; 10 years

HIV Exposure and Compelled Testing for Offenders

Oklahoma Statutes Title 21 §1192.1: Knowingly engaging in conduct reasonably likely to transfer HIV virus

Felony; not more than 5 years

Other Crimes Relating to Consensual Sex Acts

Oklahoma Statutes Title 21 §22: Public indecency

Oklahoma Statutes Title 21 §1021: Indecent exposure

Felony; not more than 10 years and up to $20,000 fine
Oklahoma Statutes Title 21 §1029: Prostitution, lewdness, or assignation


Normally state courts and authorities are reluctant to police what happens in a private bedroom. That said, Oklahoma law does prohibit public and non-public indecency, which outlaws everything from flashing and public sex to even non-public exposure if the person intends to be seen by other people. There are also harsh penalties for knowingly exposing others to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): it can be a felony punishable by five years in prison.

Oklahoma Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activity Laws: Related Resources

State sex laws can vary, and apply to many voluntary sexual and non-sexual acts. If you have been charged with a crime or if would like legal advice regarding a sex crime matter, you can contact an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney. You can also find more information and resources on this topic in FindLaw's section on Sex Crimes.

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