By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater woman avoided an Oct. 23 jury trial by pleading guilty to sexting a 13-year-old boy in her neighborhood, for which she was given a one-year jail term followed by nine years of probation, with an order to register as a sex offender, provide a DNA sample and pay a $960 prosecution fee.
Tiffany Denise Whitley, 43, was given credit by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler last week for the year she had already served in the Payne County Jail while awaiting trial, court records show.
If she had been convicted by a jury of sexting the boy, Whitley could have been given as much as a 10-year prison term and $10,000 fine, court records show.
Whitley reportedly plans to move out of state if she receives permission from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, court records show.
Whitley was arrested at her residence on Oct. 11, 2018, and jailed on $20,000 bail, court records show.
An investigation began on Oct. 7, 2018, when a Stillwater officer was advised that the boy’s mother had found messages on his cell phone from Whitley, a police affidavit said.
“The conversation started on April 25, 2018, and ended on Sept. 25, 2018,” the affidavit said.
“On April 27, 2018, (the boy) informs Tiffany that his mother took his phone, so he had to delete their past messages,” the affidavit said.
Stillwater Police Detective Inspector Greg Miller said the woman was using her cell phone as he and a detective walked up to her residence on Oct. 7, 2018, according to his affidavit.
“I showed Tiffany printed copies of the first few days of messages. Tiffany acknowledged she knew at the time of the messages that the other participant was a 13-year-old male.
“Tiffany reviewed the first image of a nude female received by (the boy) and acknowledged she sent the image to him,” but said she downloaded it from the internet and that it was not an image of her, the affidavit said.
“Tiffany claimed she sent no other images” to the boy, the affidavit said.
When the boy was interviewed, he said he received an image of a genital area from the woman that he was led to believe was a self-portrait, the affidavit said.
“He also received an image of Tiffany’s head and upper torso,” with her breasts exposed, the affidavit said. The boy said he deleted that image, the affidavit said.
The boy said he sent an image of his genital area to the woman, the affidavit said.
During the defendant’s interview, “When I asked about an image of Tiffany in a bra, she acknowledged sending an image to (the boy) of her head and upper torso,” with her shirt pulled up to expose her bra covering her breasts, the detective inspector wrote in his affidavit.