LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, Staff Writer
Fondling at school brings charges
Prosecutors in Oklahoma County have filed a felony charge against a former middle school employee accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl, court records show. Anthony Jerome Starks, 25, of Midwest City, was charged Tuesday with the crime of indecent or lewd acts with a child under 16. Starks is accused of rubbing the neck and back of a Del Crest Middle School student in November and then fondling her, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl ran out of the classroom and into a restroom and called her mother, police reported. The student told police Starks had been giving her candy and food during her time in school detention, according to the affidavit. Starks was not a teacher, but an hourly employee who was paid to watch students with disciplinary problems do their homework, a school spokeswoman said. He was fired after the incident was reported, she said.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Man pleads to forgery charge
ADA — A Texas man with a history of preying on the elderly pleaded guilty to a forgery charge and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, a Pontotoc County prosecutor said Tuesday. Sam Quinton Lee, 40, of Tyler, Texas, entered the plea Monday, the day his jury trial was to begin, District Attorney Chris Ross said. Lee is accused of stealing and cashing six checks in Ada, Ross said. Lee and several accomplices, while claiming to be working for a utility company, would lure elderly people from their homes while another person would enter the home and steal checks, Ross said.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN