Pawnee Man Released To Probation In Child Molesting Case
(Pawnee, Okla.) – A 40-year-old Pawnee man, who was given a one-year jail term plus a nine-year suspended sentence for molesting a 14-year-old boy in his neighborhood, has been released to probation since he was given credit by the sentencing judge for the time he served while being held on $50,000 bail in the Pawnee County Jail pending trial, state Department of Corrections records show.
On the day he was scheduled to stand trial three months ago, Edmond Lyman Pepper pleaded no contest to lewd molestation without an agreement with the prosecution regarding his penalty, court records show.
In sentencing Pepper on Dec. 8, 2017, Pawnee County District Judge Jefferson Sellers ordered that he have no alcohol, follow sex offender rules, and reside in a sober living facility, court records show. The judge also gave him $1,600 in fines and assessments, court records show.
Pepper, who was found mentally competent to face the lewd molestation charge, was arrested more than a year ago by Pawnee Police Sgt. Shawn Lowrey, court records show.
The boy’s mother made a 911 call to Pawnee police shortly before 9 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2016, to report “her neighbor had just molested her son,” Lowrey wrote in an affidavit.
When Pawnee Assistant Police Chief Jack Hammons and Lowrey arrived at the mother’s apartment, she said that she had let her son go to Pepper’s apartment to watch a movie, the affidavit said.
The boy’s mother said that “a few minutes after her son left to go watch the movie, he came running back into their apartment,” and told her that Pepper had grabbed his genital area, the affidavit said.
While the boy was telling his mother what happened, “Pepper knocked on the door, and when (she) opened it, Pepper apologized for touching her son’s private parts and stated that he would never do it again,” the affidavit alleged.
When Pepper left her apartment and started walking toward downtown, the boy’s mother followed Pepper, stopped and called 911, the affidavit said. Meanwhile, the boy called 911 to say that he needed to speak with an officer, the affidavit said.
After Pepper was located, “I noticed that Pepper’s eyes were extremely bloodshot and when I asked him what happened at his apartment earlier, he took a drag off his cigarette, blew out the smoke and said ‘not much,’” the police sergeant alleged in his affidavit.
“I placed Pepper under arrest for public intoxication and lewd or indecent acts to a minor, and when I told him why he was being arrested, he kept saying, ‘I didn’t do anything,’” the police sergeant wrote in his affidavit.