By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 24-year-old Guthrie man has been jailed on $100,000 bail pending an Aug. 2 court appearance on a felony charge of raping a female friend at her Perkins residence while she was unconscious.
If convicted of first-degree rape, Van Millyon Jirdon could be given a prison term ranging from a minimum of five years to a maximum of life without parole.
“On June 17, 2021, Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst requested OSBI investigative assistance,” about a rape complaint made on March 8, 2021, at the Perkins Police Department, OSBI Agent Lynda Stevens wrote in an affidavit filed last week.
When the OSBI agent interviewed the woman on June 25, 2021, she said that Jirdon hung out with her and a couple of her co-workers at a tavern near Perkins until it closed at 2 am on March 6, 2021, the affidavit alleged.
“When the tavern closed, Jirdon asked (her) if he could sleep on (her) couch. Jirdon told (her) he didn’t feel comfortable driving back to Guthrie since he had consumed alcohol that night. (She) knew Jirdon drank two or three alcoholic drinks in a time period of about four hours.
“(She) wanted to help out her friend and told Jirdon he could sleep on her couch. (She) left the tavern in her vehicle and Jirdon followed (her) in his vehicle to (her) residence, which was a short distance from the tavern,” the affidavit alleged.
After they went into her living room, “Jirdon asked (her) if she cared if he ‘smoked’ (marijuana). Normally, (she) wouldn’t have allowed someone to smoke marijuana at her residence, but her children were not home and she told Jirdon he could. When Jirdon smoked the marijuana, she took one hit from it.
“Following that, (she) told Jirdon she had a lot to do the following morning and was going to go to bed. At that time, (she) took an over-the-counter sleeping pill to help her sleep. She offered one to Jirdon, but he declined. (She) went to her bedroom and left Jirdon in the living room to sleep on the couch.
“When (she) got to her bedroom, she shut her bedroom door. She undressed out of her pants. She had a t-shirt on and her underwear and went to bed. (She) feel asleep. The next thing (she) remembers was waking up and realizing Jirdon was raping her.
“When she realized what Jirdon was doing to her, she froze and panicked. She was scared and didn’t know if Jirdon would hurt her if he thought she woke up so she pretended to be asleep. As soon as Jirdon finished, he exited (her) bedroom and left her residence.
“When (she) heard Jirdon leave through the front door, she immediately got up and locked the front door. (She) was scared and in shock. (She) trusted Jirdon and he betrayed their friendship and her trust. (She) was scared and reluctant to report the incident.
“The following day, March 7, 2021, she confided in a friend what happened to her. The friend encouraged her to report the incident to the police and on March 8, 2021, she reported the incident to Perkins Police Department,” the affidavit alleged.
The woman provided the OSBI agents with multiple text messages from Jirdon beginning at 3:57 am on March 6, 2021, to which she did not respond, the affidavit alleged.
The next day, on March 7, 2021, Jirdon text messaged her at 1:56 pm saying, “Hey, hope you’re good and had a great night,” the affidavit alleged.
At 5 pm, (she) text messaged Jirdon that “she was really bothered and disgusted with him,” the affidavit alleged. She “told Jirdon it was not okay he (Jirdon) came into her room and took advantage of her. (She) told Jirdon what he did to her was completely unacceptable,” the affidavit alleged. In a reply text message, “Jirdon told (her) he was ‘truly deeply sorry,’ and that ‘I really really apologize for ruining your trust like that.’ Jirdon continued ‘I feel horrible about it and I understand if you never wanna talk or hear from me again.’ Jirdon further wrote, ‘Hell, if you even wanna turn me into the cops or sum cuz what I did was wrong and just can’t justify by saying I was drunk.’ The text message continued, ‘I defiled it in the worst way possible,’ and ‘I will never forgive myself and I’m truly sorry to the bottom of my soul I truly apologize.’ (She) did not respond to Jirdon’s text message,” the affidavit alleged.
At 6:42 pm “Jirdon continued to apologize to (her). Jirdon wrote what he did made him a terrible human being. Jirdon continued, ‘I wanna kill myself, like really you have no idea how sorry I feel and I just wanna take it all back.’ (She) responded to Jirdon’s messages in a follow-up message she sent him at 9:50 pm, ‘You raped me.’ (She) further wrote she did not think he (Jirdon) understood the gravity of his actions. (She) told Jirdon not to ever contact her again,” the affidavit alleged.