By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A man set for trial on a count of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, pleaded no contest to the charge this week.
Kenneth Ray Anderson, 38, entered the plea Wednesday to the felony charge. He was ordered to serve five years of a 25-year sentence, with credit for time served, with the remaining 20 years of the sentence suspended.
Anderson was charged June 25, 2012, after being accused of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl while staying as a guest at the girl’s home.
Anderson had been set for jury trial March 25.
In addition to the sentence, Anderson must follow special rules for sex offenders, pay court costs, $50 to the victims compensation fund, a $150 DNA fee and $5,113 in jail costs.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid police spoke with the girl’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend. The mother told police her daughter said Anderson had “tickled her around the chest area” under her shirt. The woman said her daughter told her this happened March 26, 2012.
Detective John Robinson spoke with the girl, and she said Anderson had touched her breasts one night, according to the affidavit. She said she sleeps in the living room of her home, and Anderson was staying on the couch in the same room when it happened.
The girl said she got up to get a drink of water, and when she returned Anderson touched her beneath her clothes, according to the affidavit.
Robinson interviewed Anderson April 10, 2012, about the incident.
Anderson initially denied touching the girl, but then told Robinson he put his hand up her shirt, according to the affidavit. He said he did that to see if the girl was breathing because she began coughing, according to the affidavit.
Robinson asked Anderson whether he had any medical training, and Anderson said he did not. Robinson told Anderson if the girl was coughing, she was breathing.
Anderson then changed his story and said he was checking the girl for a fever because she was sweating and red, according to the affidavit. Robinson asked Anderson how he could see of the girl was red and sweaty if it was dark.
Anderson then admitted he made a mistake, stating he needed counseling, according to the affidavit.