By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 50-year-old rural Stillwater man arrested by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown has been jailed on $200,000 total bail pending an Oct. 7 court appearance on charges of sexually abusing three young female relatives during a 15-year period between 2002 and 2017.
If convicted of five counts of lewd molestation and one count of child sexual abuse on which he was arraigned last week, Joseph Scott Rood could be given a life prison term plus 100 years, court records show.
All of his alleged victims are now adults, according to the investigator’s affidavit.
One relative told the investigator, “the first time Rood molested her, she was 4-years-old and he had taken her camping at either Lake Carl Blackwell or McMurtry,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “there were far too many incidents for her to recall all of them. (She) recounted how Rood would take her into the computer room and require her to watch pornography,” at his rural Stillwater residence, the affidavit alleged.
“These incidents began when she was as young as 5 and ended when she was approximately 13,” the affidavit alleged.
On July 31, the girl made “a controlled call,” to Rood with the investigator present, the affidavit alleged.
The girl “told Rood the police had contacted her and wanted to talk with her ‘about all the sexual stuff we did.’ Rood responded to this by asking ‘How would they know anything about it?” the affidavit alleged.
When she asked Rood “what she was supposed to say if the police asked ‘about us’, Rood responded by saying ‘they can’t prove anything about anything,'” the affidavit alleged.
“Rood did not deny (the girl’s) accusation in regards to him penetrating her,” the affidavit alleged.
Another female relative told the investigator, “the first incident she remembers was the worst time, ” when she was about 6-years-old, the affidavit alleged.
She “had gotten into trouble for running inside the house by another adult in the home. Rood took her into the bedroom to be spanked with a belt,” but instead molested her, the affidavit alleged. She said Rood told her “she needed to act as if she was crying when she left the room, so the other adult in the home believed she had been spanked,” the affidavit alleged.
She “described feeling weird and confused every time Rood would molest her. (She) said she was already very scared of Rood and the other adult in the home; therefore, she never felt there was anyone safe she could talk to,” the affidavit alleged.
Another female relative said “she stayed with Rood during her fall break in 2017,” when she was 16, the affidavit alleged.
Rood told her “tonight is going to be fun,” the affidavit alleged. She said that Rood gave her about 10 shots of tequila and raped her, the affidavit alleged.
The investigator interviewed another relative, who said Rood began to groom her when she was 7 or 8 years-old and they lived outside of Oklahoma, the affidavit alleged.
“Rood would show her pornographic magazines and tell (her) that this was what a man and woman did,” eventually showing her pornographic movies as well, the affidavit alleged.
When they lived in rural Stillwater between 2000 and 2003, she was 14 or 15 during the last occurrence, the affidavit alleged. She said that when Rood tried to rape her with his fingers and fondle her, she cried and pleaded for him to stop, the affidavit alleged. “He became angry, pushed her to the ground and left the room,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “she was always too afraid to say anything because the household she was in at the time, (she) was scared of all the adults,” the affidavit alleged.
Rood was not charged in connection with that relative, court records show.
Payne County Assistant District Attorney Debra Vincent, who filed all the charges regarding the other three alleged victims, told KUSH in an email, “It is my legal opinion that the statute of limitations in effect at the time of the incidents regarding (this relative) would prohibit bringing charges. However, it is also my opinion that testimony from (this relative) might be admissible in the other prosecutions to show the accused’s propensity for this kind of behavior.”