The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 26, 2014

Mistrial declared in rape case

Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The trial of an Enid man on charges of first-degree rape and sexual battery ended in a mistrial late Tuesday night after the jury deadlocked.

Jimmy Dan Petersen, 29, was charged in October 2012 for the rape of his 17-year-old baby sitter.

Petersen had faced four charges related to the incident after a preliminary hearing, but they were amended and reduced to the rape and sexual battery charges.

The trial began Monday, and jurors began deliberations about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. They could not reach a verdict, and District Judge Paul Woodward declared a mistrial about 11:30 p.m.

Petersen, who is free on $100,000 bond, was set for a bond appearance April 15. It will be determined on that date if another trial will be held.

The charges stem from an alleged incident Oct. 16, 2012, when a then-17-year-old girl was asked to baby-sit Petersen’s 9-year-old daughter, who was home sick from school.

The teen said she was at Petersen’s home for about 20 to 30 minutes before Petersen came for lunch, took the teen to his bedroom and raped her.

Petersen told police he had sex with the sitter but said the encounter was consenual.

Assistant District Attorney Hope Bryant tried the case for the state. Petersen was represented by attorneys Russell Singleton and Edward L. Kelley.