Moore Man Arrested after Allegations of Sex with 14-year-old22-Feb-2016
A Moore man who met a 14-year-old girl playing an online game has been arrested on multiple felony counts. Investigators say Michael Antony Love, 28, met the teen playing the online game Worlds of Warcraft. In January, he allegedly drove from Moore to Clayton, Oklahoma, a distance of about 200 miles, to pick up the girl.
The girl's family notified police that she was missing on January 15, saying that she was last seen getting into a van with someone named "AJ." Love's screen name in the game is "AJRules."
After the girl left with the man, police say, he took her to a campsite in Pushmataha County, where the pair allegedly had sex.
The following morning, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper noticed the van at the campsite and reportedly found Love and the girl inside. The trooper says that Love told him the girl was 18 years old; however, she allegedly piped up, "You know I'm 14!"
Love is charged with Lewd or Indecent Proposals or Acts to a Child under 16, Forcible Sodomy, and Second Degree Rape. Each of the three crimes with which the defendant is charged is a Level 3 sex offense. This means that if he is ultimately convicted of any of the three crimes, he will be required to register for life as a sex offender.
Lewd acts with a minor (21 O.S. 1123) involves a broad spectrum of sexually motivated propositions, suggestions, or physical contact with any minor under the age of 16. In most cases, lewd molestation carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. If the minor involved is under the age of 12, the crime is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.
Forcible sodomy (21 O.S. 888) is likewise punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison. Although the term is "forcible" sodomy, the act does not necessarily require force or threats in order to be prosecuted under this law. Forcible sodomy includes oral sex between a person over the age of 18 and a person under the age of 16. Because the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, no one under the age of 16 has the legal capacity to consent to sexual activity with an adult over the age of 18. Therefore, without consent, the act is considered "forcible" even if the minor is a willing participant.
Second degree rape includes acts of rape that are not forcible, but are not accomplished through legal consent. Second degree rape, commonly known as statutory rape, often includes sex between an adult over the age of 18 and a minor under the age of 16 who, because of age, is denied the legal capacity for consent. Under 21 O.S. 1116, second degree rape is punishable by one to 15 years in prison.
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