“It goes against our very core values if this proves to be true,” Pettingill said a news conference in July. “We have to have the people of this state trust us. As enforcers of the law, we have to enforce the laws even if it's internal. However, there's only so much we can do. We've done that.”
Venable's parents accompanied him Tuesday afternoon to the Logan County courthouse in Guthrie. He appeared before Special Judge R.L. Hert, who set his next court appearance for 2 p.m. Sept. 22. His bond was set at $10,000.
Hughes said he's known Venable since he was 6 years old. He said his family is having a rough time dealing with the situation.
“They're a really very close, very religious family,” he said.
The charge of second-degree rape is a felony and is punishable by one to 15 years in the state penitentiary if Venable is found guilty, Lee said.