By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Shawnee man has been jailed on $60,000 bail pending his arraignment on July 13 on 10 child abuse counts alleged to have occurred in Payne County during a seven-year period when he lived in Stillwater and the surrounding area.

Erick Roy Hale, 34, who was arrested on July 1, could be given a maximum penalty of 10 life prison terms if convicted of two counts of child sexual abuse and eight counts of child physical abuse filed in Payne County by prosecutor Debra Vincent.

Stillwater Police Officer Shawn Millermon began an investigation in March when he received a referral from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that originated in another county regarding sexual and physical abuse of two children by Hale, an affidavit alleged.

“In the referral it was made apparent there were other children in the home at the time of the abuse,” the affidavit alleged.

“On March 25-26, 2021, I was present for forensic interviews of minor children,” ages 7, 10, 11 and 13, that were conducted at the Saville Center, the Stillwater police officer wrote in his affidavit.

A 13-year-old girl “disclosed physical abuse, as well as sexual abuse by Erick at locations in Stillwater and the surrounding area,” between the ages of 5 and 10, the affidavit alleged.

At one point, the girl “and her siblings were told by her mother to go pack their clothes because they were leaving Erick,” who tried to stop them, the affidavit alleged.

An 11-year-old boy said that when he was 2, he “received stitches from being slammed into the bed frame by Erick,” the affidavit alleged. He disclosed being present when Erick physically abused,” four other children on various days and various locations, the affidavit alleged.

He said, “Erick told him not to tell anyone,” the affidavit alleged.

A 10-year-old girl said that when she was about 4, she was choked and “thought she was going to die because she couldn’t breathe,” the affidavit alleged. She said the 13-year-old girl “had told her about being sexually abused by Erick, but did not want to talk about herself,” the affidavit alleged.

Asked who she could talk to if she needed help, the 10-year-old girl said “she would talk to no one because she would be brave,” the affidavit alleged.

The Stillwater police officer wrote in an affidavit, “On April 6, 2021, I was present for the forensic interviews,” of two boys, ages 11 and 12, who were interviewed in another county.

The 12-year-old boy “disclosed being sexually assaulted by Erick when they lived in Stillwater,” between the ages of 8 and 9, by a pole inserted into his anus, the affidavit alleged.

The 11-year-old boy “disclosed being pushed down the stairs by Erick,” after he and another boy dropped a kitten, the affidavit alleged. The boy, who was 6 or 7, “hit his head when this happened and he remembered Erick laughing at him,” the affidavit alleged.

Both boys “disclosed being made to watch Erick ‘rape’ their mother,” the affidavit alleged.

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