Thursday, September 13, 2012

Oklahoma teacher faces rape charges

Wendy L. Hickman, 40-year-old English teacher at Bethel High School in Bethel, Oklahoma, who was arrested last month on alleged sex crimes involving male student has been charged with three felony counts, including second-degree rape.

Hickman was charged yesterday in Pottawatomie County District Court. District Attorney Richard Smothermon has charged Hickman with second-degree rape and forcible sodomy as well as soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology for text messages allegedly sent to the teen. Hickman could face up to 45 years in prison.
Hickman resigned Aug. 21 and was arrested in the case the next day. According to the filed information filed, Hickman is charged with second-degree rape and is accused of having sexual intercourse with the 16-year-old Bethel High School student on or about July 28, at which time Hickman was age 40 and an employee of Bethel High School. She is accused of engaging in oral sodomy with the same student on or about July 28, the charge reads. In the count of soliciting sexual conduct by use of technology, Hickman is accused, between May  1 and Aug. 21, of facilitating, encouraging, offering or soliciting sexual conduct or engaging in communication with the same teen, who is a minor, by use of a cell phone and by sending sexually explicit photographs of herself to that teen for the purpose of instigating sexual contact, the charge reads.

Deputies arrested Hickman at her home Aug. 22 after a search warrant was served. The investigation was launched the day before when a Bethel teen and his mother went to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office to make a report for sexual assault.  Hickman’s next court date is scheduled in October.

Wendy Hickman charged with three felony counts, including second-degree rape

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