By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — Although a warrant was issued for his arrest a month ago, a Pawnee man still has not appeared in Payne County District Court on a felony charge accusing him of having a 14-year-old girl perform oral sex on him at his relative’s Stillwater apartment, court records show.
Andrew Curtis Taber, 21, was not in the Payne County Jail on Monday, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.
The girl’s mother reported to Stillwater police in January that her 14-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by Taber, whom she described as an acquaintance, an affidavit alleged.
When the girl was interviewed in January at the child advocacy center, the Saville Center in Stillwater, she said that she had been acquainted with Taber through her mother’s friend for at least a year and a half, Stillwater Police Detective Sherae LeJeune alleged in an affidavit.
“She considered Andrew (Taber) to be an older brother figure in her life. She disclosed that over the past two months she had ongoing communication via Facebook Messenger with Andrew,” whom she had also met several times in person at or near an apartment complex in Stillwater, the affidavit alleged.
Within the previous two months, they had met and kissed, the affidavit alleged. The girl “said she felt she was in love after the kiss,” the affidavit alleged.
At about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, she met Taber near the complex and they walked to an apartment where he often stayed, the affidavit alleged.
The girl said that Taber “made her smoke marijuana with him,” the affidavit alleged.
“She said the marijuana made her stomach hurt and she felt intoxicated,” the affidavit alleged.
She said that after smoking the drug, Taber told her to give him oral sex, which she did, the affidavit alleged.
She said that Taber “attempted to have sexual intercourse with her, but she refused, telling him she was only 14 years old,” the affidavit alleged.
She said that Taber replied “age is only a number,” before telling her she needed to leave since his relative was coming home to the apartment, the affidavit alleged.
She said “she ran home because she was scared,” the affidavit alleged.
When Taber was interviewed at the Stillwater police station, he said he lived in Pawnee, but often stayed with his relative at an apartment complex in Stillwater, the affidavit alleged.
Admitting that he had known the girl for about a year and a half, he said that she went over to his relative’s apartment one time to watch a movie with him, the affidavit alleged.
“He then stated, ‘but I’m pretty sure nothing happened. I can be pretty positive on that.’ I asked how he was positive. He stated ‘She’s too young. My personal preference is women that are older than me. So based on my personal preference, I know that it wouldn’t have happened,'” Taber told the Stillwater detective, according to the affidavit.
When the detective told him “there were some things that happened that I already knew about,” Taber allegedly admitted that she performed oral sex on him, the affidavit said.
“He stated, ‘it honestly truly did bother me because I have never dealt with the legal system, but as far as I’m aware of, it’s literally the only time it is going to happen because I’m moving in two months,'” the affidavit alleged.
“I explained to Andrew (Taber) that at face value, from a possible jury perception, sexual activity to include oral sex between a 21-year-old and a 14-year-old is shocking,” the detective alleged in her affidavit.
Taber then said that oral sex was the 14-year-old girl’s idea, the affidavit alleged.
Taber said that after the girl told him she was finished, he told her she needed to leave because a relative was on his way to pick him up to go home, the affidavit alleged.
Taber “denied digitally penetrating, attempting to have sexual intercourse or giving (the girl) oral sex,” the affidavit said.
“Prior to meeting with Andrew (Taber), I had applied for and was granted a search warrant for a DNA sample from Andrew to compare to the sample taken from (the girl),” the detective wrote in her affidavit.
“I collected a sample from his mouth using a Buccal Swab kit,” which was submitted to the evidence room, the detective wrote in her affidavit.
Taber “was released at that time while I continued the investigation for further facts,” the detective wrote in her affidavit that was notarized on Jan. 30 and filed in court records on March 22.
If convicted of forcible oral sodomy on a 14-year-old child, Taber could be incarcerated for up to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000, court records show.