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New York Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activity Laws

Most states have laws prohibiting certain types of consensual sexual activities, although sodomy bans applicable to same-sex partners have been ruled unconstitutional. In New York, prohibited consensual sexual activity laws include bans on indecent exposure and public lewdness. Review the following table to learn more about New York's prohibited consensual sexual activity laws, and see FindLaw's Sex Crimes section for related information.

Sodomy Laws Applicable to -
Penalty for Sodomy -
HIV Exposure and Compelled Testing for Offenders Crim. Proc. 390.15 Upon request of victim of felony offense enumerated in any section of Pen. 130, the court must order the convicted person to be tested for HIV
Other Crimes Relating to Consensual Sex Acts Pen. 240.20 Disorderly conduct: violation
Pen. 240.35 Loitering: violation
Pen. 245.00 Public lewdness: Class B misdemeanor
Pen. 245.01 Exposure of a person: violation
Pen. 230.00 Prostitution: Class B misdemeanor
Pen. 230.02 Patronizing a Prostitute: Class A misdemeanor, Class E felony or Class D felony, depending on the age of the prostitute

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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