Oklahoma Men Charged With Sex Crimes Raise Concerns Over Social Media

Friday, May 11th 2012, 7:59 pm
By: News 9

Two men in one week charged with sex crimes, one in Oklahoma County, the other case in Payne County, and while the two victims are more than 50 miles apart.

Court documents show explicit text messages, naked photos, and in one instance, sex with a 14-year-old girl, all began with Facebook.

Nineteen-year-old Dosche Hudson faces one count of indecent proposal to a child under 16.

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Hudson denies the allegations, but court documents show Hudson asked a 14-year-old girl for "sexual favors" and requested the girl send a nude photo despite the fact he knew she was 14.

The Oklahoma County case is similar to a recent case in Payne County. An arrest warrant indicates Clayton Custard also met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook, exchanged pictures, and then drove to a hotel and had sex knowing she was underage.

"A lot of kids don't realize the statute is specific and it is also pretty damning for the future," Irven Box said.

Irven Box does not represent either suspect, but has worked on similar cases. Box explains the indecent proposal laws have changed.

"The person making that proposal must be three years age difference. For example if a person made a proposal to a 15, that's not a crime under lewd proposal. There must be three years difference in age," Box said.

Box said it's possible the changes in the law are due to the popularity of social sites.

"This takes it out of the realm of just two kids saying things to each other," Box said.

It is aimed at preventing adults from getting too friendly with kids on Facebook.

Hudson has been charged in the Oklahoma County case.

As for the Payne County case, Clayton Custard faces one count of second degree rape and the sheriff's office has a warrant for his arrest.

Box says the crime can be punishable by jail time and having to register as a sex offender.