WOODWARD, Okla. — A Woodward man was found guilty Thursday of several sex charges involving a child.
A jury found Martin James Wiseman guilty of first-degree rape of a victim under age 14, sodomy of a victim under 16, lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 and aggravated possession of child pornography.
Because of a previous felony conviction on sex charges from 1997 in Ellis County, Wiseman was sentenced to life without parole on the first three counts. District Judge Justin Eilers presided over the case.
At the request of the defendant’s attorney Michael Womble, a pre-sentencing investigation report has been ordered by the court on the count of aggravated possession of child pornography. Womble said Wiseman plans to appeal and if any verdict is overturned, that one sentence could make a difference. The sentencing for aggravated possession of child pornography was scheduled for 11 a.m. June 24.
On Thursday morning, District Attorney Christopher M. Boring called Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chris Leamon to the witness stand.
Leamon’s expertise is in computer and digital forensics.
At the request of Woodward County Sheriff’s Department, Leamon analyzed a 20 terabit computer on which more than 140 images flagged and documented.
“In this case, there was a lot of evidence,” Leamon said. “Both known and unknown images were found. In my experience, known and unknown images found on a computer means more than a collector. That means sexual abuse, someone who has harmed a child.”
The new, unknown images were identified as the victim in this case and added to the national database, Leamon said.
Wiseman testified Wednesday and shared his distrust of the law saying, “I’ve been in trouble a whole lot and things have never gone my way.” The defendant claimed the victim initiated relations.
In closing statements on Thursday, Womble told the jury, “I have nothing but sympathy for (the victim).”
After suggesting the jury go home and pray for the victim, he asked them to compartmentalize their sympathy.
“This is a very difficult trial,” Womble went on. “One of the most difficult I’ve had to deal with.”
In the state’s final closing statement, Boring began, “It’s time to stop the cycle and get justice.”
According to Boring, the victim had told multiple people about what Wiseman was doing to her.
In a closing statement to Wiseman, Eilers said this was the most devastating case he’s had to stand on as far as content and impact on the victim and he did not see any of what would traditionally be considered remorse from Wiseman. After a moment of silence, the judge struggled to compose himself and quietly dismissed the court.
Charges in this case were filed in 2019.
The trial was held at Woodward Conference Center due to weather damage in the main courtroom at the courthouse.
Fogleman writes for the Woodward News.