By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — Cushing firefighter Joseph Stanley Hale Jr., 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of attacking his ex-girlfriend at their residence on Mother’s Day in the presence of their two-year-old child, a court official told KUSH today.
Hale was placed on supervised probation for 18 months under a deferred sentence, with an order to take a 52-week batterers’ intervention program as well as pay a $250 fine, $150 to the victims’ compensation fund, and court costs, the court official said.
Contacted by KUSH today, Cushing City Manager Terry Brannon said, “We are aware of yesterday’s guilty plea.”
When the city manager said on June 3 that Hale was on administrative leave with pay, he explained, “Once the judicial process is completed, we’ll take a second look at the circumstances” — adding “The city and fire department are wholly committed to working with any of our employees experiencing these types of alleged difficulties.”
“There is no change on his status as of right now,” the city manager told KUSH this morning.
Hale has been employed by the department for over 21 years, according to Cushing Fire Chief Chris Pixler.
Since Hale was given a deferred sentence Tuesday, he has not been adjudicated as guilty by a judge. If he successfully completes his 18-month probationary period, Hale’s guilty plea could be vacated and expunged from court records.
Hale’s ex-girlfriend, who was living at Hale’s home in rural Cushing with their two-year-old child at the time of the Mother’s Day incident, has moved out of the residence with the child, Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown told KUSH.
Hale was arrested on May 17 by the Payne County Sheriff’s Department and released that day by posting $5,000 bond, court records show.
Hale admitted to the sheriff’s investigator that he shoved and pinned the woman to the floor, according to Brown’s affidavit.
Hale and the woman, who were in a former dating relationship, were then residing in the 1100 block of Sunnyside Drive in rural Cushing, an affidavit said.
“On the night of Sunday, May 12, 2019, Joseph Stanley Hale Jr. did shove,” the woman and pin her on the floor “by holding her by the wrist with her arm twisted above her head,” Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Harper wrote in an affidavit filed in court records on May 16.
The woman “had a small abrasion to her left elbow, pain in her left shoulder and reduced mobility,” the affidavit said. A 2-year-old child “was present at the time of the assault,” the affidavit said.
The woman obtained an emergency protective order on May 13 against Hale that remains in effect, court records show. The matter is scheduled for review on Nov. 26 by Special District Judge Michael Kulling court records show.
In her EPO petition, the woman wrote that she had just gotten home from the cemetery on May 12, which was Mother’s Day, when she accidentally called Hale on the phone that rang once and hung up. “Stan called back and I asked where he was and he said at the cemetery. Had not seen him and he got upset because he had met up with his girlfriend.”
“I told him he was awful for doing that to (the other child) and told him we did not need him and for him not to come home. I got into our house and locked the door,” where she said she intended that the two younger children would sleep in her bedroom, the petition said.
“Stan barged into my bedroom and shoved me onto my bed and cursed at me for driving by the graveyard and asking where he was. He then threatened to hit me — I told him to just do it — but instead shoved me to the ground and pinned my left arm above my head and yelled and cussed at me,” while the youngest child was crying and screaming, she wrote in her petition.
Another child “ran into the bedroom, but Stan yelled and told her to go take a shower,” according to the petition.
“He eventually let me up and threatened to attack me again because he was tired of my attitude. He walked away with (the youngest child) and I got up to take a shower. I could hear him coming in and out of my bedroom.
“When I came out of the bathroom, he told me to get dressed and sat me down on my bed and apologized. We went to the living room and he held me to calm me down,” after which they went to bed, the woman wrote in her EPO petition.