Oklahoma charges of forcible sodomy and lewd or indecent proposals to a minor were levied against an Enid community center leader last week after police say he admitted to sex with a 15-year-old boy he met at the center.
Charges of Forcible Sodomy & Lewd or Indecent Proposals
Nathan Robert Bowen, 32, is president of the Enid chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. A police affidavit states that Bowen admitted that he knew the alleged victim was only 15 but engaged in sexual contact with the boy at the community center, which was supposed to be closed the day of the incident.
Though police say Bowen admitted to the sexual acts, his defense attorney refutes the charges, saying that Bowen is innocent, and rather than making lewd or indecent proposals to a minor, he actually refused advances made by his accuser.Bail for Bowen was set at $250,000.
Oklahoma sex offenses involving minors are punished harshly. In Oklahoma lewd or indecent proposals to a minor is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and lifetime Oklahoma Sex Offender registration.
Penalties if Convicted
Forcible sodomy in Oklahoma is a felony sex crime that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Oklahoma's statutory rape laws stipulate that no one under the age of 16 is legally able to consent to sexual contact. If someone is accused of a sex offense, particularly a sex crime against a minor, it is critical to gain immediate representation from an Oklahoma sex crime defense lawyer.
The allegation of a sex offense alone is enough to wreak havoc on the life of the accused and to allow the immediate trampling of his or her civil rights. A qualified criminal defense attorney can not only protect the rights of the accused, but can diligently work to build a strong defense. False accusations, misunderstandings, lack of evidence, or illegally obtained evidence may all be tools for defense in the hands of an experienced sex offense lawyer.