By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 39-year-old Cushing man has been given a jury-recommended 10-year prison term for child sexual abuse in December of 2016 and a concurrent 3-year prison term for lewd molestation on Jan. 1, 2017, of a 12-year-old girl to whom he was related by marriage, a court official told KUSH today.

Following a July 20 sentencing hearing before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, Aaron Leonard Cook was also ordered to provide a DNA sample and register as a sex offender, the court official said.

Cook, who was convicted on both counts by a Payne County jury on April 9, had originally stood trial in July of 2019 on a single count of lewd molestation of the girl, but that jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict so a mistrial was declared and a new trial ordered, court records show.

On Jan. 1, 2017, the girl’s father reported to police that earlier in the day he was told by his ex-wife and his mother that his daughter had been touched inappropriately by Cook, Cushing Police Officer Shelby Sewell wrote in an affidavit four years ago.

The girl’s father said that Cook had a drinking problem, but the girl’s mother denied any drug or alcohol issues in the residence, the affidavit said.

“She did state Aaron was on mental health medications,” the affidavit alleged.

When the girl was interviewed at the Saville Center in Stillwater two days later, the then 12-year-old said that her father said he was going to beat up Cook “and she thought that was scary,” the affidavit said.

“She stated she knew he was only saying that because he wanted to keep her safe,” the affidavit said. She said that her father told her he had to call the police “because it was the only way he knew how to keep her safe,” the affidavit said.

She said “this was the second time this sort of thing had occurred,” the affidavit said.

She said that about a week earlier, “Aaron (Cook) had stuck his hand up her shirt,” the affidavit said.

She said, “Aaron does have a drinking issue. She stated he leaves several times a day to go and get beer from a local gas station.

“She stated he gets weird when he drinks and acts differently. She stated she was certain he had been drinking the first time he touched her,” the affidavit said.