By Trevor Dunbar
A woman residing in the Piney Creek area of northern Pittsburg County is on trial for allegedly enabling child sexual abuse to occur on her property.
Opening statements were heard and witnesses were called to testify on Wednesday in the State of Oklahoma vs. Cyndie Dee Jones.
The alleged crime occurred between August 2011 and April 2013, according to an affidavit filed at the Pittsburg County Courthouse. Associate District 18 Judge James D. Bland is presiding over the trial and expects it to span at least two days, he said.
The child involved in the case is alleged to have had sexual relationships with two different men, Jimmy Culley and Robert Bond, both of Stigler, while in the custody and care of Jones and while living on her property, court records show. The girl was 13 to 15 during the time period of the alleged crime.
Culley, 47, has already been convicted of raping the juvenile and allegedly fathered a child with the girl. He pleaded guilty Dec. 6 to 24 counts of second-degree rape and was sentenced to 40 years each on five counts, with the last 20 years suspended, to be served concurrently with each other and with sentencing in another case. He was also fined $100 on each of the five counts, and 19 counts of rape were dismissed. Cully was also ordered to not initiate contact with the victim in the case.
Bond has been charged in Latimer County, but has yet to stand trial.
Jones sat quietly facing the witness as the alleged victim testified against her, saying Jones was aware she had been involved in sexual relationship Culley.
“She had confronted us about it,” the girl said. “He said yeah. We told her, yes.”
Blake Lynch, Jones’ co-counsel with Brecken Wagner, pointed out that the girl never mentioned the alleged confrontation during a preliminary hearing in the case. Lynch had the girl read a portion of the transcript from the preliminary hearing, in which she stated she never told the defendant anything about the sexual relationship.
“She just knew,” the girl said.
The trial is set to continue Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Pittsburg County Courthouse.
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