OU Reporter Exposes Sexual Behavior in Library

Monday, March 2nd 2009, 10:33 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- A journalism student is exposing what he calls an on-going problem with anonymous sex in an Oklahoma University campus library.

The student who wrote the article said he started his investigation after hearing another student say how easy it was to engage in sexual behavior in the library.

There are thousands of books inside the Bizzell Memorial Library, but "Sex in the Stacks" by Ricky Maranon is raising some eyebrows.

"I hear this guy bragging about his sexual encounter he had in Bizzell and how he found it on the Internet," said "The Oklahoman Daily" reporter Ricky Maranon. "I'm like, ‘Whoa, I'm going to investigate.'"

Read the full article Maranon wrote about the sexual behavior.

Maranon said the Web site Craigslist.org is where men post ads to meet other men in the library or the Huston Huffman Center.

Maranon posted a fake ad to gauge how many men were looking for a hook-up at the library, courtesy of Craigslist.org.

"Within two hours, we had 13 responses from people willing to meet our anonymous poster in the library or the Huff," Maranon said.

Students, non-students, gays and married men all responded.

Matt Johns, who was found wondering the isles of the library, said he's never seen or heard of anyone hooking up in the library despite rumors that it happens too often.

"It's the urban legend coming to life," Maranon said. "It's the gossip with a face on it. It's everything that the people have imagined."

A spokeswoman for the University of Oklahoma said the school has never received any formal complaints of sexual activity in that or any library, and there is plenty of security that monitors the building.

The Cleveland County Defense Attorney's office said if a person is caught having sex in a public place, he or she face the possibility of a felony charge and up to a year in prison.

A conviction may also result in being placed on the National Sex Offender Registry.