Oklahoma jury acquits ex-deputy accused of rape

DUNCAN — A jury in Stephens County has acquitted a former deputy accused of sexual battery, rape and kidnapping.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 25, 2012
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DUNCAN — A jury in Stephens County has acquitted a former deputy accused of sexual battery, rape and kidnapping.

Jurors deliberated just 40 minutes Tuesday before reaching not-guilty verdicts on all six felony counts filed against Brandon Balthrop. Prosecutors accused Balthrop of sexually assaulting four women while he was working as a Duncan police officer and later as a Stephens County deputy.

Balthrop could return to law enforcement now that he's acquitted — but he told a local newspaper that he has no plans to do so.

Balthrop says he's “ecstatic” with the jury's verdict and that he looks forward to moving on with his life.

A judge declared a mistrial in January after some jurors said they'd received surveys from the state.