Former aide at Norman Veterans Center is convicted of rape
A former worker at the Veterans Center in Norman was found guilty of sexual assaults on two patients.
NORMAN — A Cleveland County jury has convicted a former aide at the Veterans Center in Norman of sexual assaults on patients.
Jeremy Craig Lyday, 28, of Noble, was found guilty Monday night of one count of first-degree rape and two counts of forcible oral sodomy.
Jurors recommended he serve 12 years in prison on the rape charge, nine years in prison on one of the sodomy counts and five years in prison on the other count.
The jury deliberated about six and a half hours before returning the verdicts to District Judge Tracy Schumacher about 10 p.m. Monday.
Lyday was convicted of raping and sodomizing a patient on June 23, 2011, and sodomizing another patient in March 2011.
A Cleveland County sheriff's deputy said the rape was reported by another worker at the center who found Lyday naked from the waist down in a patient's room on June 23, 2011.
The patient was an elderly man who has dementia, he said.
After the rape was reported, another co-worker told investigators about an incident in March 2011 when she had walked into a room to find Lyday with a patient with his pants down. Lyday told her he was examining the man, so she didn't immediately report the incident, she said.
The sheriff's deputy said he interviewed Lyday, who detailed sex acts he performed on patients.
Prosecuting the case were Assistant District Attorneys Christy Miller and Jennifer Austin.
The defense attorney was David Slane.
No sentencing date has been set.
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