Ashley Madison Hacks May Potentially Have Even More Legal Ramifications In Oklahoma
Over the past few days many people have been searching to see if anyone they knew was one of the 37 million accounts that were released in the deep web. As many spouses search frantically to see if their significant other had an account with the website, the ones that were being unfaithful have something else to worry about in they reside in Oklahoma, a felony charge.
According to the Oklahoma State legislature website, committing Adultery is considered a felony under Statute Title 21 section 871 and 872. As such it reads:
§21-871. Adultery defined - Who may institute prosecution.
Adultery is the unlawful voluntary sexual intercourse of a married person with one of the opposite sex; and when the crime is between persons, only one of whom is married, both are guilty of adultery. Prosecution for adultery can be commenced and carried on against either of the parties to the crime only by his or her own husband or wife as the case may be, or by the husband or wife of the other party to the crime: Provided, that any person may make complaint when persons are living together in open and notorious adultery.
R.L.1910, § 2431.
§21-872. Punishment for adultery.
Any person guilty of the crime of adultery shall be guilty of a felony and punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years or by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
R.L. 1910, § 2432. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 259, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 163, eff. July 1, 1999.
NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 259 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.
From what the statute reads it seems the one committing adultery has to be very open about it for the felony to have any grounds to stand on. Afterwards the nonparticipating spouse would have to find a lawyer or prosecutor that can make a good case for a judge to even sentence the participating parties for committing a felony.
Out of the 37 million accounts that were hacked, 7,016 of them were from Lawton according to Tecnilogica with 86% of those accounts being linked to men.
If you are curious to see if anyone you know may have been on of the hack victims and you visit https://ashley.cynic.al/ to check to see if the email address in question had any connections to the one of the hacked accounts.