Jemial Dashawn Lofton

Jemial Dashawn Lofton

ENID, Okla. — A 27-year-old Enid man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison after entering an Alford plea to a charge of second-degree rape.

Jemial Dashawn Lof­­­ton was charged Nov. 9, 2017, with first-degree rape and was accused of having sex with an unconscious woman. On April 15, prosecutors amended the charge to second-degree rape and Lofton entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea, but the defendant does not admit any guilt. Instead, the defendant admits the prosecution likely could prove the charge.

Monday, District Judge Paul Woodward sentenced Lofton to 15 years in prison, with credit for time served. The sentence would run concurrent to another 2017 case for charges of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and receiving/concealing stolen property. Lofton also entered Alford pleas to those charges.

Lofton will be re­­quired to register as a sex offender upon his release, pay court costs, pay $50 to the victims compensation fund and more than $20,000 of jail costs.

On May 25, 2017, a woman reported to Enid police that she was sexually assaulted at the Ramada Inn, 3005 W. Garriott, according to an affidavit filed in the case. She told police the incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. May 23, 2017.

The woman said she’d gone to the Ramada with some female friends to have a girls day, which included swimming at the pool. She said at some point in the night three men showed up at their room, according to the affidavit. The woman said they began drinking, and she remembers drinking about two beers and a shot or two of liquor. She said Lofton kept putting his arm around her, and she pushed him off and asked him to stop.

The woman said Lofton got close to her face when they talked and several times tried to kiss her, according to the affidavit. The woman said she turned away and asked Lofton not to do that.

The woman told police she does not remember much else about the night and apparently passed out on the bed in the room, according to the affidavit. The woman said when she woke up she was on her left side and Lofton was behind her, having sex with her. The woman said she pushed him away, got up and began searching for her clothes so she could leave.

The woman told police she was scared at that time and did not know if Lofton would hurt her but did question Lofton as to why he would do that to her when she was asleep, according to the affidavit. The woman said Lofton told her several times he wore a condom and even showed her the condom, telling her she would be OK because he wore it.

The woman said Lofton told her several times, “Don’t get me in trouble with the law,” according to the affidavit. The woman said she contacted a friend, who took her home where she took a shower because she felt “gross.”

The woman said she was scared to make a report with police but was encouraged by several people to do so, according to the affidavit. A sexual assault nurse examination was performed, and Detective James Buck sent samples from the exam to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for testing.

On Sept. 12, Buck received DNA lab results that showed two male contributors had left DNA on the woman, according to the affidavit. Buck noted in the affidavit the woman told him she had consensual sex with a man several days prior to the incident.

The results indicate one of the two contributors was consistent with a sample from three known Loftons from a DNA database, according to the affidavit. The results show the three known samples from those Loftons, or their male relatives, as being the potential source of the profile obtained.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.

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