Former Tulsa County Deputy Arrested on Child Rape Complaint30-Jul-2016
A former Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested Tuesday after being accused of raping an 11-year-old girl who was playing with other children at his home.
According to reports, the girl told investigators that she had been planning to spend the night with friends at the home of Josh Wood, 33. The girl allegedly said she had been playing at the home, and Wood drove her to her own home to pick up clothes to spend the night at Wood's home. She says that on the way to her house, the man asked her if she knew about sex. The girl reportedly responded that she did not, and according to an arrest affidavit, the man proceeded to sexually assault her in order to "teach" her about sex. The child says she repeatedly told him to stop but he continued the assault. She says the man reassured her that no one could see them through the vehicle's tinted windows, and that the assault would be their "little secret."
She says that she got her clothes from home to spend the night with her friend, and on the return trip, the man again exposed himself to her and sexually assaulted her.
Wood, who began working for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office as a detention officer in 2013, eventually became a deputy. However, he resigned from that position in January of this year and was no longer employed by the Sheriff's Office at the time of his arrest.
Wood is charged in Wagoner County with a single count of first degree rape. His bond is set at $100,000. However, this may not be the only criminal charge the defendant will face. Earlier this month, Tulsa police received a report alleging the man molested a 5-year-old girl. Tulsa police are investigating that case.
Oklahoma law lists seven specific circumstances under which nonconsensual sex is charged as first degree rape. These include the following:
- rape committed by a person over eighteen (18) years of age upon a person under fourteen (14) years of age; or
- rape committed upon a person incapable through mental illness or any unsoundness of mind of giving legal consent regardless of the age of the person
committing the crime; or
- rape accomplished where the victim is intoxicated by a narcotic or anesthetic agent, administered by or with the privity of the accused as a means
of forcing the victim to submit; or
- rape accomplished where the victim is at the time unconscious of the nature of the act and this fact is known to the accused; or
- rape accomplished with any person by means of force, violence, or threats of force or violence accompanied by apparent power of execution regardless
of the age of the person committing the crime; or
- rape by instrumentation resulting in bodily harm is rape by instrumentation in the first degree regardless of the age of the person committing the
- rape by instrumentation committed upon a person under fourteen (14) years of age. (21 O.S. § 1114)
Under state law, first degree rape is punishable by a prison sentence of 5 years to life without parole. In some sex crimes involving the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12--lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a minor, for example--the minimum sentence is 25 years in prison.
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