A Howe police officer, who is a resident of Muldrow, was charged Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw with sexual battery and furnishing alcoholic beverage to a person under age 21.
Joey Don Oliver, 48, is a police officer with the town of Howe, in LeFlore County, a Howe city official confirmed. Oliver told investigators that the sexual encounter in question was consensual between he and the alleged victim.
The charges allege that Oliver, on Sunday night and Monday morning (June 4-5), provided beer and rum to the 18-year-old victim at an apartment complex in Sallisaw where the young woman was staying with a female friend. The female friend is described as Oliver’s girlfriend in the report.
The victim told the investigator that after Oliver and the girlfriend went to bed he came into the living room where she was sleeping on the couch and began touching her inappropriately. The victim told the investigators that she tried to push Oliver away, but she was intimidated because he is a police officer.
“She was thinking he could get her and (the girlfriend) in trouble,” the report indicates.
The report continues that the victim pushed Oliver away for a third time, then told him she had to use the bathroom. While in the bathroom she locked the door and would not let Oliver in, she told investigators.
The girlfriend told the investigators that Oliver supplied them with beer and rum, and she became drunk. When she and Oliver went to bed, she reported, he tried to convince her that the victim should join them. She refused but he said he was going to go get the victim. The girlfriend said she then fell asleep, and when she woke up she saw a naked Oliver trying to get into the bathroom.
The girlfriend said Oliver later admitted a sexual encounter with the victim, but said it was consensual.
Oliver was interviewed on Monday at the Sallisaw Police Department. Oliver admitted to the sexual encounter with the victim, and repeated it was consensual.
Oliver was arrested on the charges Tuesday, and released the same day on a $10,000 bond, with the agreement he was to have no contact with the alleged victim as a condition of the bond.
Oliver has previously worked for several different law enforcement agencies within Sequoyah County.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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