(Stillwater) — A Drumright man who is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in her home in eastern Payne County has been ordered to stand trial on charges of first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation and forcible sodomy.
Robert William Rich, 21, remains in the Payne County Jail in lieu of posting $150,000 bond pending his arraignment in trial court on Feb. 6 before District Judge Donald Worthington.
Rich was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the three-count charge Friday, but waived his right to that hearing, court records show.
The alleged abuse, which was believed to have occurred between August and October of last year, was discovered by the girl’s mother — who contacted the Drumright Police Department in November and sought Rich’s arrest, court records show.
If convicted of all three counts, Rich could receive as much as a 50-year prison term, according to documents filed by Payne County First Assistant District Attorney Tom Lee.
Six years ago when Rich was 15 and living in Cushing, he was charged as a youthful offender with forcible sodomy of a 14-year-old girl in Yale, court records show.
He pleaded guilty and his case was remanded to juvenile court before then Payne County Associate District Judge Robert Murphy Jr., court records show.
Rich was placed in the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs in 2003 and released by the court in 2005 to live with relatives, according to an Office of Juvenile Affairs report that was filed in court documents in 2006.