The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 30, 2013

22-year-old enters guilty plea to lesser charge than rape

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 22-year-old Enid man set for trial Wednesday on a count of second-degree rape pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday as part of a plea agreement.

Garrett Lee Cox pleaded guilty Monday to an amended felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Cox will serve 10 years on the charge, with all but the first four years suspended, as well as pay costs, according to court documents.

Cox was charged July 27, 2012, with a single count of second-degree rape after police were contacted by the parents of a 14-year-old girl. The parents said they believed their daughter was having sex with Cox, who was 20 at the time.

The parents has found a message on their daughter’s phone to Cox stating she thought she was pregnant, according to an affidavit filed in the case. The parents found a second phone containing photos of their daughter and Cox naked.

Detective John Robinson interviewed the girl and she said she had sex with Cox sometime around June 28, 2012, and that they had sex twice in one day, according to the affidavit. The girl said the pictures were taken the same day the two had sex.

Robinson also spoke with two people with knowledge of the relationship between Cox and the teen.

One of the persons provided written statement to police, stating he’d known Cox for several months and Cox had told him about his relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The man wrote Cox told him he knew the girl was 14 and also said Cox came to his residence when the girl’s family was searching for her.

Robinson also spoke with a woman who said the 14-year-old had told her she was dating Cox. The woman said she had also seen Cox and the girl kissing before.

In the plea forms, Cox wrote “On or about June 28,2012, I allowed a 14-year-old girl into my apartment and posed for pictures she took where we were both undressed from the waist up.”

Cox is set for formal sentencing at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10.