Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

August 30, 2013

Parents tell details of sex abuse complaint

Among grievances in grand jury petition

(Continued)

CLAREMORE —

Wantland, who declined to talk to The Daily Progress, told Tulsa TV station KOTV that he conferred with the Rohrs before reducing the charge against Dougan. He said he told Chad Rohr, a Claremore police officer, that because the parents were not sure their daughter would be capable of testifying in court in the presence of the defendant, a conviction was unlikely. Wantland indicated Dougan would agree to an amended charge and be sent to prison as well as be required to register as a sex offender.

But Chad Rohr disputed Wantland’s depiction of the conversation. He said he had not learned of the plea agreement and the reduced charge until after the court hearing when he approached Wantland because the assistant DA had not been returning calls to the Rohrs.

“It was then that Wantland informed me the charges had been amended,” said Rohr. 

Rohr added that he and his wife had met “a few times” with Wantland prior to the plea agreement hearing at which they discussed several aspects of the case but not reducing the charge from lewd molestation.

“I never agreed to an indecent exposure plea deal or anything,” said Rohr. 

His wife, Kristen, said she also had never been told the charge would be reduced to indecent exposure. She also accused Wantland of misleading the judge who accepted the plea agreement by assuring him the parents had been consulted about the amended charge.

The petition for a grand jury investigation states that Wantland “willfully omitted to perform duties required of him by the Oklahoma Victims’ Rights Act” by not informing the Rohrs of the plea bargain details and depriving them of the right to make victim impact statements at Dougan’s sentencing.

Wantland told KOTV that if “there was a miscommunication or misunderstanding with the family, it was not intentional or underhanded.”

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