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.
In November, a prosecutor asked Blasdel to surrender Crislip but he declined to do so, records show.
The warrant was signed by a judge in September, court records show.
Blasdel said he was taking a nap and had not seen Crislip, according to the affidavit. A search revealed Crislip was hiding in a locked office Blasdel told deputies he didn't have the key.
Crislip was arrested and released from the Oklahoma County jail the following day. She could not be reached for comment Monday.
Crislip told an investigator she believed the car she is accused of taking — a 2012 Hyundai — was part of her compensation, police reported.
Blasdel declined to comment Monday. The attorney's website states he has more than 30 years of legal experience, including time as an assistant district attorney.