Under Oklahoma law, there are certain conditions in which adults or those of the legal age of consent are unable to legally consent to sex.
For example, students are unable to consent to sex with teachers or school administrators, and inmates are unable to consent to sex with Department of Corrections employees.
A former prison guard with the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McCloud, Oklahoma, was charged last week in Pottawatomie County District Court after allegedly violating the state's laws against sex with those in state custody. Jamie Baker, 43, of Earlsboro, was charged with fifteen felony counts after he was accused of federal sex abuse and having sex with as many as nine inmates at the women's prison:
- Nine counts of second degree rape
- Four counts of sexual battery
- One count of forcible sodomy
- One count of first degree rape by force or fear
According to an affidavit by a Corrections Department Internal Affairs agent, Jamie Baker and one inmate admitted to having sex, and most of the charges stem from this relationship. Several other inmates reported that they either had sex with the former guard or that he touched their breasts. According to District Attorney Richard Smotherman, Jamie Baker "used his position of absolute power to force himself on multiple women."
However, Baker's defense attorney says that his client will plead not guilty to the felony charges against him. Jamie Baker was employed as a guard at the correctional facility from May 1 until his termination on September 12.
Anyone who works with "vulnerable populations" identified by Oklahoma's statutory rape law would be wise to remember that, although the people in their custody or under their supervision may seem to consent to sexual contact or a sexual relationship, they are legally unable to do so, even if they are well above 16, the state's age of consent. Violating the state's laws by having sex with someone identified by Title 21 Section 1111 of the Oklahoma statutes as legally unable to consent can lead to serious felony charges and even registration as an Oklahoma sex offender if convicted.
If you have been accused of rape or statutory rape, it is imperative that you find legal representation as quickly as possible. Contact us to consult a sex crime defense lawyer about your case. With a solid record of sex crimes case success in serious sex related cases, we are well equipped to handle your defense.