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Oklahoma County judge denies motion to overturn age of consent law in rape case

Attorney for former Western Heights coach accused of having consensual sex with student argued his client had a constitutional right to privacy because he was not the girl’s teacher.

BY TIM WILLERT Published: December 8, 2012
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/articleid/3735817/1/pictures/1902808">Photo - Tyrone Nash sits in the courtroom Friday at the Oklahoma County Courthouse.  Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Tyrone Nash sits in the courtroom Friday at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

But Bass ruled the statutes are constitutional because “a rational basis exists for the state’s legitimate interest in the protection of students, their well-being and safe school environment, and the victim involved was a minor.”

Slane argued the law should be rewritten by the Oklahoma Legislature to apply only to teachers and other school employees who wield some sort of power, control or influence over a student.

Nash, he said, was not the girl’s teacher.

Arkansas case

The attorney cited a March 29 decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a man’s conviction on four counts of second-degree assault with a student who was 18, saying both of them had a constitutional right to privacy because they were consenting adults.

Bass, however, said that while that case and Nash’s case are similar, the Arkansas case involved a consensual relationship between two consenting adults, not one between an adult and a minor.

Nash, who is free on $50,000 bail, resigned from Western Heights last year.

He is awaiting trial.

“He is confident that once his case goes to trial he’ll be found not guilty,” Slane said.

Both sides are expected to appeal the judge’s ruling to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, which could delay Nash’s trial indefinitely.

Slane said he expects the judge to set a March trial date in the case.


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