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On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.
The age of consent in Oklahoma is sixteen
. Because they are not three years apart and are at 19 and 17.5, this would not be considered statutory rape
However, the question is what about sending messages with sexual undertones - is this lawful?
The answer is no
. Allow me to explain why. Oklahoma does not have any strong laws about this. But the federal law does. This is called "grooming" (enticing someone under lawful age to sexual activity via internet, media, etc).
In the United States, 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b)
makes it a federal offense to use internet, mail, telephone, etc to "groom" someone who is under 18:Whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life.
In other words, while Oklahoma may
strictly not have law against it, the federal government does, and its laws supersede state law. Thus, what is being done is strictly speaking
Now, the chances of the 19 year old being charged are slim. And the government is not watching out "every move" (despite mass hysteria). However, what if there is a break up? Or what if the 17 year old's parents find the texts? Or what if a friend finds them and decides to play a prank that gets out of control?
For these reasons, it is best to curtail such activity
until the 17.5 year old turns 18.
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