Trial Ordered in Oklahoma Sex Abuse Case

The Oklahoma Criminal Defense law blog earlier wrote of the revocation of bail for Amy M. Blose, 38, Norman.  Blose is accused of a prolonged sexual relationship with a boy who was 13 at the time the alleged acts began.  She was released on $20,000 bond, but her bail was revoked when a teenage girl told authorities that Blose attempted to contact the boy in direct violation of the terms of her release.  Her Oklahoma sex crime defense attorney asked the judge to reinstate the defendant's bail, saying there was no evidence, other than the word of a teenager, that his client attempted to contact the boy.    The judge refused. Now, the Cleveland County judge has ordered that there is sufficient evidence of sexual abuse for Blose to stand trial.  Special Judge Michael Tupper added sixteen counts of sexual abuse to the eight counts brought by the District Attorney.  Because the alleged relationship began when the boy was in seventh grade and continued into his eighth grade year, Blose will stand trial on twenty-four counts:  fifteen counts of first-degree rape, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, one count of indecent proposal to a child, and five counts of lewd acts with a child in Oklahoma. The penalty for a conviction of first degree rape in Oklahoma is a minimum five years in prison and up to life in prison without parole.  The penalty for lewd acts with a minor in Oklahoma is one to twenty years in prison on the first offense with life in prison without parole the penalty for subsequent offenses.  With so many charges against her, Blose faces significant prison time--even life without parole--if convicted of Oklahoma sex abuse. Facing rape charges--particularly child rape charges--is a delicate, precarious, and challenging legal battle.  In many ways, the deck is stacked against the accused.   In order to protect innocent victims, the accused is often barred contact with any minors, including his or her own children. In the public eye, the burden of proof falls on the defendant to prove his or her innocence, rather than on the prosecution to prove guilt.  Those accused of rape, child sexual abuse, or other sex crimes should seek immediate counsel from an experienced Oklahoma sex crimes lawyer.