Oklahoma woman accuses ex-boyfriend of rape

A woman and her boyfriend stopped seeing each other. On a recent Saturday, however, the woman decided that she wanted to talk to him about making another go of their relationship. The next day, she accused her ex-boyfriend — the Oklahoma man with whom she wanted to get back together — of rape.

According to the story that she told police, she went to his house in the hopes of rekindling their relationship. When she went in, they embraced. She claims that he refused to let her go and raped her. She also alleges that he then forced her to remain at his residence overnight.

She and her daughter made a complaint to police the next morning. Apparently, the woman does not speak English very well, so she needed her daughter’s help. Records indicated that her ex-boyfriend’s bail was set at $77,000. At last report, he remained incarcerated at the Oklahoma County Jail.

It may take more evidence than just the woman’s statement since, in cases such as this, it could come down to a case of “he said-she said” in court. The accused man is entitled to confront his accuser in court. He also has the right to examine and refute any other evidence prosecutors intend to present in court.

It takes more than being accused of a crime to be convicted of it. In addition, as would be the case with anyone else, this man is entitled to be presumed innocent. If prosecutors are unable to prove to the court beyond a reasonable doubt that any sexual activity between the two parties was rape, the man must be either released or acquitted.

Source: newsok.com, “Oklahoma City police arrest suspect in rape”, July 27, 2015

Man changes plea in child rape case, gets life in prison

Anyone accused of a crime is entitled to plead not guilty since there is a legal presumption that an individual is innocent until or unless proved guilty. That does not mean, however, that the individual will not be incarcerated while awaiting trial. This was the case for an Oklahoma man accused of child rape.

Court documents reveal that the incident occurred on May 17, 2014, just after midnight. A mother was awakened by disturbing sounds coming from her 5-year-old daughter’s room. When she went into her room, she discovered a man raping her daughter. The mother managed to get the man off her daughter, but he managed to escape through the window.

The next day, the Oklahoma man’s family and friends contacted police when they saw reports of the rape on the news. Police took him into custody, and he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. While incarcerated, he wrote letters in which he ultimately admitted to the crime and even provided details regarding its commission.

After the letters were discovered, he changed his plea to guilty. His change of plea and the letters most likely bolstered the decision to sentence the man to life in prison. He will not have the possibility of being paroled during his lifetime.

Just because charges have been filed, that does not necessarily mean that the person accused of the crime is not still under observation by law enforcement officials. In this case, the letters regarding the rape were written after he was arrested and put in jail. His confession may have convinced him and his criminal defense counsel that it would be in his best interests to change his plea.

Source: news9.com, “Sex Offender Sentenced To Life For Raping 5-Year-Old Tulsa Girl“, Richard Clark, June 25, 2015

Man Facing Two Counts of Rape Takes Plea Deal

In Dec. 2014, an Oklahoma man was arrested for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. He was ultimately charged with rape of an unconscious victim in the first-degree (two counts). Recently, he took a plea deal in which he entered a plea of no contest to the charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, as part of the plea bargain, eight years of his sentence will be suspended and he will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Court documents indicate that the teenage girl was drunk on the night in question, and the man offered her a ride home. At some point, he stopped the truck and had sex with the girl. She claimed not to remember much, if anything, about the incident. Sometime thereafter, she received a video of the encounter, which was circulating around social media sites.

Reports indicate that the man who gave her the ride also made the recording. When police questioned him, the former Norman High School student admitted to having sex with the teenage girl even though she was intoxicated. A recording of a conversation between him and another person again indicates that he knew she was drunk at the time.

Being charged with rape comes with serious penalties. Had the Oklahoma man not agreed to the plea deal, he could have ended up incarcerated for a longer period of time. In some cases, the evidence is so overwhelming that it is not in the accused individual’s best interests to go to trial.

Source: news9.com, “Former Norman HS Student Pleads ‘No Contest’ To Rape Charges“, Adrianna Iwasinski, May 18, 2015

Oklahoma man faces numerous charges including rape

At least two women have come forward to accuse an Oklahoma man of holding them captive for months and sexually assaulting them. The women claim that they failed to come forward at the time the incidents occurred because they were afraid of him. Now, their alleged captor and abuser is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping, assault and battery, and rape, among other crimes.

Both women claim that the man maintained control of them by threatening their lives and the lives of their families. One of them claims she was allowed to go to work, but always had to return. She claims she put up with the abuse out of fear until a co-worker let her move in with him. Supposedly, the man held her for more than a year.

The other woman claims her alleged captor got her pregnant, but she managed to leave the home where she says she was kept captive before the birth of the child. She says that over the course of eight months, she was choked in addition to being sexually assaulted. This woman left once, but the Oklahoma man told her to come back with him, and she did — allegedly under duress.

Regardless of how heinous these women’s stories may be, the man accused of rape, kidnapping and other crimes is entitled to legal help and is still presumed innocent of the charges until guilt is proved. Prosecutors will be responsible for proving the veracity of the women’s stories beyond a reasonable doubt in court. If there is any doubt that the man is guilty of the charges, he cannot be convicted.

Source: kfor.com, “Women who claim they were held captive, raped by Oklahoma man talk about how they escaped“, Dallas Franklin, April 7, 2015

4 Oklahoma teens arrested for rape of 15-year-old girl

A 15-year-old Oklahoma girl voluntarily accompanied four teenage boys, who at the time ranged in age from 17 to 19, to an apartment. The events that allegedly took place once at the apartment led to accusations of rape against the four teenagers. Criminal complaints were issued against all four, and, at last report, three were in custody.

The teenage girl admits that she intended to have consensual intercourse with one of the teens. While she and the teen she considered to be her boyfriend were having sex, two of the other men entered the room. The alleged victim claims the three took turns raping her.

The fourth teen came into the room at some point and supposedly raped her as well. She also claims she was forced to perform oral sex on at least three of her alleged attackers. She admits that she never said no to any of the men, and she claims it was because she was shocked that her boyfriend failed to stop the others. She claims that she asked several times to be taken back to school.

Reportedly, three of the four are in police custody and face charges of rape in the second degree. The other man, who the girl considered to be her boyfriend, was not in custody at last report, but an arrest warrant was issued. Each of them is to be presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in an Oklahoma court. Prosecutors will have to prove the veracity of the girl’s statements beyond a reasonable doubt, and each of the teens will have the opportunity to confront their accuser in court.

Source: news9.com, “Affidavit Reveals New Details In Westmoore HS Rape Investigation“, Feb. 20, 2015

Oklahoma teen accuses man of rape and kidnapping

As it turns out, the man is 32 years old, not 19 as the girl claims she was told. She says that once she was in the house, he kept her there through threats of violence, attempted to have sex with her and would not let her use her phone. According to reports, the teen claims she woke up one night to discover the man was allegedly sexually assaulting her. Supposedly, she attempted to fight back, but to no avail.

After over a week, and one supposedly failed escape attempt, she called her family, who brought police with them to the apartment. Police arrested the man and took him to the Oklahoma County jail. His bail was set at $100,000 bond, and at last report, he remained incarcerated.

Rape and kidnapping are serious charges that carry weighty penalties. Even though he is presumed innocent until and unless his guilty is proved beyond a reasonable doubt, it is crucial that the accused man and his criminal defense team review the circumstances surrounding the teenager’s allegations and determine an appropriate course of action as soon as possible. If there is any measure of reasonable doubt that he is guilty of rape and/or kidnapping, no criminal conviction may be secured.

Source: newsok.com, “Man arrested after 15-year-old reports kidnapping, rape, Oklahoma City police say”, Dec. 16, 2014