Former Oklahoma County prosecutor charged with harboring fugitive

Mark Blasdel, 64, accused of hiding legal assistant facing embezzlement charge from authorities.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm •  Published: February 12, 2013
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A defense attorney who once worked as a prosecutor in Oklahoma County is accused of hiding his fugitive legal assistant from authorities, court papers show.

William Mark Blasdel, 64, of Oklahoma City, was charged Monday in Oklahoma County District Court with harboring a fugitive.

Blasdel is accused of harboring Gale Lynn Crislip, 55 over a period of several months, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Prosecutors allege Blasdel hired Crislip with the knowledge that she was a fugitive and then actively concealed her from law enforcement.

Crislip was taken into custody Jan. 28 by members of a warrant team looking for her at Blasdel's law office.

Crislip was charged in September with embezzlement. She is accused of taking a vehicle from an employer and not returning it, police reported.

Crislip, according to a probable cause affidavit, greeted a deputy sheriff at Blasdel's office and then walked out of view. Blasdel then approached officers, who told him they were there to see Crislip because they had a warrant for her arrest.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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