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May 1, 2013

Local man accused of sexual assault committed to Okla. Dept. of Mental Health

McALESTER — A McAlester man who is accused of sexually assaulting an Oklahoma State University extension office employee was recently committed tot he custody of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.

Kevin Jones, 50, of McAlester, was charged Aug. 23 in Pittsburg County District Court with one count of sexually battery.

According to court records, an OSU extension office employee went to Jones’ home on East Monroe Avenue on Aug. 22. The visit was work-related. She “gives nutrition classes,” a police affidavit states.

When the alleged victim arrived at Jones’ home, he asked her to sit on his couch, then pulled a folding chair up next to her and allegedly began touching himself, the affidavit states.

When the OSU employee attempted to leave, Jones allegedly grabbed her butt and grabbed her around the chest, the affidavit states.

The woman left Jones’ home, drove back to her office and called the police.

When police later interviewed Jones, he allegedly said that “he pulled the chair up to her so he could see down her shirt” and that as she was leaving, “he was giving her a good Baptist hug.”

On April 22, Jones appeared in court with his attorney, Warren Gotcher, and was ordered to the legal custody of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. Court proceedings are to remain stayed, court records state, and reports regarding Jones’s progress are to be provided to the court every 90 days.

A representative from Gotcher’s law office said the attorney would likely decline to comment regarding the case.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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