Tag Archive for: Sexual Assault

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