Cushing Man Accused Of Choking Boy Due In Court
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man accused of choking a 13-year-old boy in Yale has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on Feb. 23 with an attorney to represent him on a felony child abuse charge.
Cody Dale Masters, 26, was released from the Payne County Jail on Jan. 17 on $2,000 bond with an order to have no contact with the boy, court records show.
Masters had been arrested the previous night by Yale Police Officer Stephen Lombard for alleged assault and battery on a juvenile, court records show.
The Yale police officer was sent about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 to a residence on a report that a 13-year-old boy was choked there by a 26-year-old man, Lombard wrote in an affidavit.
“When I arrived, I saw a large crowd, between 15 and 20, in the street and in the front yard screaming and cussing,” the Yale officer wrote in his affidavit.
The boy, who said that he was choked and threatened by Masters, “said Masters grabbed him by the neck with his right hand and said if he ever snitched on him again, he would beat his ass,” the affidavit alleged.
A female said that she witnessed Masters threaten the boy, but did not see him choked, the affidavit said.
Two of Masters’ relatives said that the boy has been “picking on Masters,” the affidavit alleged.
Masters said that he never put his hands on the boy, “but he is nothing but trouble and causes him headaches ever since he had an accident with his brother in the vehicle, though he was not the driver,” the affidavit alleged.
Master said that the boy “showed up at the home and asked him for a cigarette and he told him no and sent a message to his mother telling her about him asking for a cigarette,” the affidavit alleged.
Masters said that he told the boy to leave and another male walked him out and choked the boy, but “Masters never put that in his written statement,” the affidavit alleged.
Child abuse is a felony punishable by as much as a life prison term and a $5,000 fine on conviction, court records show.