By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing a female relative at his rural Payne County residence east of Cushing between Jan. 1, 2016, and Sept 1, 2017, when she was between the ages of 8 and 9, court records show.
Jerry Lee Watkins, now 53, who had waived his right on Friday to a jury trial, was sentenced today to three years in prison followed by 22 years of probation, in accordance with a plea agreement with the prosecution approved in court by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.
Watkins, who was given credit for the time he has served, has been in the Payne County Jail since his arrest on July 17, 2020, outside his Cushing apartment on Southgate Drive where a search warrant was served, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown.
If Watkins had been convicted by a jury, he could have been given a prison term of 25 years to life, court records show.
When the girl was interviewed at the Saville Center in Stillwater on July 7, 2020, she disclosed that Watkins “had molested her and made her watch pornography while at his residence,” when he lived east of Cushing on N. Oak Grove, the affidavit. said.
The girl said that Watkins made her touch his genital area, the affidavit said.
The girl “also disclosed Watkins would show her pornography of men and women having sex, using both his phone and the TV on the wall,” the affidavit said.
The girl said “she never told anyone because she was afraid of Watkins, but does not remember if he ever threatened her,” the affidavit said.