By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — District Judge Phillip Corley has refused to lower the $75,000 bail set for a Stillwater man accused of sexually abusing the 13-year-old daughter of his now ex-girlfriend.

Clayton Eugene Rogers, 23, remains held in the Payne County Jail pending a July 24 pre-trial hearing on the felony charge punishable by as much as a life prison term on conviction.

His court-appointed defense attorney Jodie Gage asked the judge to lower the bail by arguing, “Mr. Rogers does not have any criminal history. Mr. Rogers is a resident of Payne County,” where he has relatives.

Prosecutor Debra Vincent countered by saying, “I believe this arrest warrant was executed in the state of Kansas. This is a very serious charge. We believe the bond is appropriate.”

After the defense attorney noted, “Mr. Rogers did turn himself in,” the judge denied a bond reduction last week.

Stillwater Police Lt. Kyle Bruce wrote in an affidavit that on April 10, 2019, a report was made to police that a 13-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted.

When the girl was interviewed at the Saville Center, she said she was in her mother’s bedroom asleep when she was awakened by Rogers’ attempting to remove her clothing, the affidavit alleged.

The girl said when she asked Rogers what he was doing, he responded by asking her to have sex with him, the affidavit alleged.

The girl said when she declined, “Rogers told her he would tell her mother she was attempting to have sex with him if she did not have sex with him,” the affidavit alleged.

The girl said “she was scared and agreed to have sex,” the affidavit alleged.

The sexual act occurred at her mother’s house in Stillwater during the week of March 18-22 of 2019, the affidavit alleged.