Friday, August 16, 2013

OK - Police officer (Barry Antwine) under fire for past child sexual abuse allegations

Barry Antwine
Barry Antwine
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By Erin Conrad

ARDMORE - Ardmore police officer, Corporal Barry Antwine has been with the Police Department since 2004. For the past 4 years he has worked as the resource officer for Ardmore Public schools and that assignment is up in the air, pending an investigation.

City manager J.D. Spohn says, acting Police Chief Kevin Norris has recommended that Antwine should be removed from the position of school resource officer pending further investigation.

According to court documents obtained by KTEN, Antwine entered into a plea deal in 1997 after he admitted to lewd molestation and second degree rape. Antwine was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year old girl in a sexual manner in a classroom when he was a senior at Wagner High school. Documents say, Antwine was 18 years old at the time. He was given deferred prosecution, according to a plea deal.

Ardmore parents reactions are mixed. "I'm shocked to hear that." says one Ardmore mom. Another mother says, "I don't think it's a problem, I don't have a problem with it".

Antwine recently sued the city claiming racial discrimination after not being promoted to sergeant. That lawsuit is currently still pending.

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