Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

March 5, 2013

Seeking Justice

CLAREMORE — A Rogers County father is outraged after what he perceives as failed promises by District Attorney Janice Steidley and First Assistant Bryce Lair to seek justice for his daughters who were allegedly raped.

“Janice Steidley needs to grow a backbone and do the job. If she can’t do the job, then she needs to get out of office. You can not just let rapists go free,” the father said. “I am a taxpayer and I expect criminals to be held accountable in the county. All I have received from the DA is smoke and mirrors.”
The DA’s office said they are considering filing child neglect charges in the case, he added.
The father said that Lair told him the judge would have to make a decision on what to do with the suspects and that the suspects may have to go to counseling. 
The DA prefers to have the Department of Human Services handle the situation Lair said, according to the father.
“This is not what I want done and not what I want to hear,” the father said.  “They want to know why we have the problems in the county with kids, because we don’t have district attorneys that will do their jobs. I guess you get a free ticket if you are rapist in Rogers County.”
The father has also voiced concerns with the DA’s office about the safety and rights of his daughters.
“They have not been protecting the rights of the victims,” he said. “The suspects have more rights than my daughters.”
The father said the suspects have been harassing the victims at school, spreading rumors and speaking of the sex acts.
“My girls are still riding the bus to school with the suspects and the DA said they can do nothing to help,” he said. “How much more do my daughters have to take? The DA (Janice Steidley) has not even had the courtesy to meet with us.”

Text Only
Top Stories
  • No evidence or human remains found

    Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies and assisting agencies vacated a Tiawah property Friday, after no evidence or human remains were found in connection to the disappearance of a local resident that went missing in 1996.

    July 27, 2014

  • RCLC launches letter campaign

    The Rogers County Literacy Council, RCLC, is launching their annual letter writing campaign.
     A United Way Organization, the council is asking for community support to help promote literacy in the English language.

    July 27, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Inequality crisis shot with factual problems, hypocrisy

    President Obama, various media and political liberals say inequality, of all things, is the defining issue of our times. Yet this message is delivered by multimillionaires and a president who jets from tee time to stump speech on the taxpayer's dime.
     

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

    July 25, 2014

  • Local churches impact poverty

    Claremore First Christian Church, First United Methodist and the Pastoral Alliance are combining efforts to host a 16-week program, “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World,” based off of the national program — “bridges out of poverty.”

    July 25, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until August

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until August 19-21, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    July 25, 2014

  • Former Sheriff’s deputy arrested

    The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office arrested ex-deputy Brian Kindle Wednesday after receiving multiple reports concerning his safety.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chelsea man receives 54-year sentence for child abuse

    A Chelsea man was sentenced to 54 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the charges of child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rogers County Clerk sues The Daily Progress

    Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson has filed a lawsuit against The Daily Progress and the newspaper’s government reporter Salesha Wilken.

    July 24, 2014

  • Band.jpg Local band loses everything on tour

    A Claremore band, The Last Slice, had $30,000 worth of equipment, instruments, merchandise and clothes stolen while on the East Coast Ska Revival tour in Miami, Fla.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo