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