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Convicted Norman North Rapist Sentenced for Probation Violation

20-Jan-2017

The Norman North High School student whose alleged acts spurred the "Yes All Daughters" movement was sentenced yesterday for violating his probation as a convicted sex offender.

Tristen Killman-Harden, now 20, was convicted in 2015 of first degree rape after sexually assaulting an unconscious 16-year-old girl. The Norman North student had been accused of sexual assault twice prior to the incident for which he was convicted, yet was allowed to remain at school. The advocacy group Yes All Daughters was borne of the school's response to the allegations against the teen. They argued that he was allowed to remain at school, while his alleged victims were forced to leave the school in the face of bullying and retaliation.

After his conviction on two counts of first degree rape, Killman-Harden was sentenced to two consecutive 10 year sentences; however, eight years of each term was suspended. This means that he was to spend two years in prison followed by eight years of probation. According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, the young man spent just over a year in prison before his release in August 2016.

As part of his probation and the terms of his sex offender registration, Killman-Harden is prohibited from being near school grounds. However, he violated his probation and was arrested in early November for being within the "zone of safety" (21 O.S. § 1125) surrounding Norman North High School. 

Because this violation of the sex offender requirements violated his probation, the defendant faced the revocation of his suspended sentence, which would have sent him to prison for the remaining 7 years of his sentence. However, when he pleaded guilty to the charge of being a sex offender violating the safety zone, Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley sentenced him to a year in prison. 

In sentencing the young sex offender, Judge Walkley cautioned him that the remaining 7 years of his sentence will "

"hang over your head if you blow this deal again."

A spokesman for Yes All Daughters expressed disappointment in the sentence, insinuating that serving only a year in prison for rape was too light a sentence to begin with, and wishing that his violation had revoked the suspended sentence. 

However, the Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney prosecuting the case agreed that the one year sentence--the maximum allowable for violating the safety zone as a sex offender--was an appropriate sentence given the facts of the case.

Read more about Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration rules and requirements.

 



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