2019 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 21. Crimes and Punishments
§21-843.2. Verbal abuse of charge.

Universal Citation: 21 OK Stat § 21-843.2 (2019)

A. No caretaker shall verbally abuse any person entrusted to the care of the caretaker, or knowingly cause, secure, or permit an act of verbal abuse to be done. Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. The violator, upon conviction, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

B. For the purpose of this section, “verbal abuse” means the repeated use of words, sounds, or other forms of communication by a caretaker, including but not limited to, language, gestures, actions or behaviors, that are calculated to humiliate or intimidate or cause fear, embarrassment, shame, or degradation to the person entrusted to the care of the caretaker.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 194, § 2, eff. July 1, 2001.

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