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The criminal offense of anal or oral copulation by penetration of the male organ into the anus or mouth of another person of either sex or copulation between members of either sex with an animal.

Buggery is historically referred to as a "crime against nature." It is an offense under both Common Law and statutes. Although prosecution for buggery is rare, the punishment upon conviction can be a fine, imprisonment, or both. The term is often used interchangeably with Sodomy.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


the insertion of the male member into the anus of another person or animal (or an animal's vagina) and an offence in English law. However, over recent years it was first permitted to those over 21 consenting in private, then whether or not in private, and now may be consented to by those 16 or over. A person consenting under 16 does not commit the offence. Non-consensual buggery is now RAPE.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

BUGGERY, crim. law. The detestable crime of having commerce contrary to the order of nature, by mankind with mankind, or with brute beasts, or by womankind with brute beasts. 3 Inst. 58; 12 Co. 36; Dane's Ab. Index, h. t.; Merl. Repert. mot Bestialie. This is a highly penal offence.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Henry stepped in to police religious morals, and righteously smote the monasteries where sins like buggery had been profligate; or so the pretext ran.
A former milkman, then aged 40, denied the buggery of M's 12-year-old son but was convicted of the charge.
Moreover, Warnicke touches on a further issue very resonant for Perkin Warbeck when she argues that the fall of Anne Boleyn can be linked not only to her miscarriage and to accusations of witchcraft against her but also to breaches of the Buggery Statute - the same law that a century later was to ensnare the Earl of Castlehaven.
They included 16 counts of indecent assault, two count of gross indecency with a boy under 14, three counts of buggery, five counts of incitement to commit gross indecency and one count of assault with intent to commit buggery.
Maybe Mr Blackman feels that buggery within marriage is evil, but buggering up your marriage behind your wife's back is fine.
He had previously pleaded guilty to buggery of a donkey between February 2 and February 5 1999, and buggery of a horse between March 15 and 18 2004.
Squires is charged with buggery of a donkey between February 1999 and April the same year, and buggery of a horse between March 5 and 12, 2004.
Iris Way denies nine charges - two of indecently assaulting the boy, one charge of attempted buggery, two of inciting the boy to have sex with the girl, and four of indecent assault upon the girl.
King was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey and sentenced to seven years in prison for indecent assaults, buggery and attempted buggery on five teenagers during the 1980s.
Conway escaped jail earlier this month despite admitting a buggery charge.
Despite the report's own pessimism about the prospects for success, the Navy decided to go full steam ahead with its crackdown on buggery at sea.