A Marlow man entered a guilty plea before a Stephens County judge this week to charges of battery and sexual abuse and will face five years behind bars.
Jeremy Alan Metts, 46, of Marlow, plead guilty to two counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of sexual battery in a case from 2018 with an underage victim.
The victim filed a report on Sept. 7, 2018, with the Grady County Sheriff’s office, stating on three different occasions Metts inappropriately touched the victim, twice in the victim’s home and once in a car outside the home after Metts drove the victim home from a prom party.
The Grady County Sheriff’s Office turned the case over to the Marlow Police Department shortly after the report was made. On Sept. 13, 2018, according to the report, Officer Antonio Aguilera interviewed the victim. A family member of the victim provided a video statement to law enforcement, confirming the victim confided in the witness after each incident. The witness reported Metts hugged the victim from behind and was repeatedly touching, hugging and sitting close to the victim.
Police received a second report from one of the victim’s friends, stating the victim confided in the second witness as well. The report states the witness observed Metts showing more affection than she thought appropriate. Metts also reportedly sent Snapchat messages stating he loved and missed the victim.
The police reported calling Metts for a statement, to which he responded that he had already secured counsel and police would need to speak with his attorney first.
Metts was supposed to stand trial in Stephens County in April 2019. He entered his guilty plea Oct. 2 when he was sentenced to 13 years for count one plus $1,000 fine and court costs, 13 years for count two plus $500 and court costs, 10 years for count three plus a $500 fine and court costs, and 10 years for count four plus a $500 fine and court costs. However, all but the first five years of the sentence was suspended and all counts are to run concurrently.
Metts will be subject to probation or parole for no less than two years after his sentence, which he must complete 85 percent of before eligibility.