Homeless woman tells Oklahoma City police she was sexually assaulted by man who took her in

Oklahoma City police arrested Stephen Gathron, 53, on complaints of kidnapping and rape by instrumentation.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 10, 2014
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Police arrested a man Wednesday after a homeless woman told police he sexually assaulted her after offering her a place to stay.

Stephen Gathron, 53, was arrested on complaints of kidnapping and rape by instrumentation.

Officers responded to northwest Oklahoma City about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after a woman reported being sexually assaulted.

The woman told officers she is homeless and spends her days at a day shelter, where she met Gathron. Police said Gathron does not work at the shelter.

She said he invited her to come stay at his apartment, where they watched movies all day. Gathron then forced himself on the woman, sexually assaulting her and refusing to let her leave, she told police.

After a struggle, the woman locked herself in Gathron’s bedroom, where she escaped through a window, she said.

Officers went to Gathron’s apartment and placed him under arrest. He denied assaulting the woman.


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