Brief Fact Summary. Appellant was charged with a crime against nature for committing oral sex upon a 6 year old boy.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. South Dakota’s “crimes against nature” statute goes beyond common law sodomy to include oral sex as well.
Issue. Does the “crimes against nature” statute, as prescribed in the South Dakota penal code, include oral sex?
Held. Yes, the judgment of the trial court and the denial of a new trial are affirmed.
The Legislature included in the crime against nature other forms of the offense than sodomy or buggery (bestiality).
The method employed in this case is as much against nature, in the sense of being unnatural and against the order of nature, as sodomy or any bestial or unnatural copulation that can be conceived.
The clause “crime against nature”, as used in the South Dakota Statute, was so used intending to include every unnatural carnal copulation.
No satisfactory reason occurs to the court why the lesser form of this crime against nature (anal sex) should be covered by our statute, and the greater (oral sex) excluded, when both are committed in a like unnatural manner, and when either might well be spoken of and understood as being “the abominable crime not fit to be named among Christians”
As was well said by the court in State v. Vicknair But why in the common-law courts the use of the mouth should not have been considered as much against nature as though the act were committed per anum is incomprehensible.View Full Point of Law