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April 4, 2013

Ten year sentenced handed to man for forcible sodomy

DUNCAN — Friends and family of Duncan’s Christopher Jason Cooper left the courtroom of Judge Joe Enos with tearful declarations of “I love you” Wednesday as Cooper was escorted out of the courtroom by deputies.

Cooper entered a plea of guilty to forcible oral sodomy and actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, during felony docket calls in Stephens County District Court Cooper.

He received a 10-year sentence of imprisonment with six of those years suspended.

Cooper was arrested by Duncan Police Officer Bryan Eades in the 600 block of N. E St. at about 9 p.m. Sept. 8, 2012, after Eades was investigating reports of possible drug activity. According to Eades’ affidavit of the incident, Cooper had pulled up to park at a local park in a silver Chevrolet Impala but remained in his vehicle for about 10 minutes.

Eades approached the vehicle and noted that Cooper’s movements were slow and he appeared to have bloodshot and glassy eyes. Eades also said that Cooper’s speech was slurred. Eades suspected Cooper to be intoxicated based on the result of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

A 15-year-old female was also in the car with Cooper and when her mother arrived on scene, Eades’ said the girl had reported Cooper assaulted her. Cooper had known the girl for about two years and had offered to give her a ride to a friend’s house, according to the affidavit. Instead, Cooper parked the car and then forced the girl to perform oral sex, noted the affidavit. She resisted until Cooper saw police approaching his vehicle. The girl told police Cooper had told her not to say anything about the incident.

Because of the nature of the offense, Cooper must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence without hope of parole. He must also register as a sex offender and is not allowed to have any contact with the victim.

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