Teens Charged as Youthful Offenders in Alleged Oklahoma Rape

Oklahoma City juvenile sex attorneys represent clients under the age of 18 who have been charged with sex offenses that would be considered a crime if perpetrated by an adult.  In a recent case out of Choctaw, Oklahoma, two teens have been charged as youthful offenders, a 19-year-old man has been criminally charged, and two other younger teens may face charges. On Friday, 17-year-old Kody Matthew Koonce of Choctaw and 17-year-old Cody Gene McGee  of Jones were charged with first degree rape and forcible oral sodomy in Oklahoma County District Court.  The boys are alleged to have raped a 17-year-old girl with Down Syndrome on February 12 of this year.  Two younger boys, at least one of whom was only 14 at the time, are also accused of participating in the sexual assault against the girl, who is said to have the mental capacity of a 5 or 6 year old. Allegedly, Koonce, McGee, and a third boy raped the girl at a Choctaw residence.  The three teens and a fourth boy allegedly also performed oral sex on the girl.  A 19-year-old man who was allegedly present at the time of the assault has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child.  The man, Rusty Begay, is also charged with forcible oral sodomy for allegedly performing oral sex on one  of the boys involved, who was 14 at the time. Though the alleged victim was 17 at the time of the incident, and above the legal age of consent, her mental capacity as a result of Down Syndrome makes her unable to legally consent.  According to Oklahoma rape laws, it is considered rape in the first degree if the rape is "committed upon a person incapable through mental illness or any unsoundness of mind of giving legal consent regardless of the age of the person committing the crime." If your child has been accused of a sex offense, it is important to find an Oklahoma sex crimes lawyer who is experienced at handling juvenile cases.  An Oklahoma juvenile sex crime lawyer will represent your child for the best possible outcome, working carefully to avoid having your child, as a criminal defendant, become a victim of inflated charges and overzealous prosecution.

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