By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins man and woman are facing life in prison if convicted of charges filed in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl in the couple’s apartment between May 15 and July 15.

The children are now in the custody of the state Department of Human Services and live in another county, Perkins Police Investigator Daryn Zanfardino, who arrested the couple in July, wrote in an affidavit.

Baldwin Lee Irving, 32, jailed on $100,000 bail, and his girlfriend, Peggy Sue Gates 41, jailed on $75,000 bail, each blame the other for what happened, the affidavit alleged.

Irving, who is related to the boy, has been charged with two counts of conspiring with his girlfriend to commit sexual abuse against both children and one count of child sexual abuse by requiring the boy to look at Irving’s unclothed body and touch Irving’s penis, court records show.

Gates, who is related to both children, has been charged with two counts of conspiring with her boyfriend to commit sexual abuse against both children and one count of enabling child sexual abuse of the boy, court records show.

An investigation began on July 15 when the woman sought an emergency protective order against her boyfriend on behalf of herself and four children, who range in age from 9 months to 17 years, court records show.

In a petition for a protective order, she alleged, “Last night (7-14-21) I had to stay the night…cause he was threatening to call the cops on me, and I was scared he would do harm to me if I didn’t stay there. The night before that, we was fighting and he made me give him (oral sex).The fighting and threatening got bad, him saying he was going to hit me, that I had to sleep with a knife under my pillow.”

She alleged that her boyfriend touched the 8-year-old girl on her chest while the child was sleeping and “I told him not to do it again,” according to the petition. She alleged that on one occasion her boyfriend made the 8-year-old girl “sleep in between us in bed so that he could take her hand and put it around his (penis) and he held onto her hand to make her ‘stroke’ his (penis) while she was sleeping,” according to the petition.

“There has been many times where we have gotten into fights and he has pulled me to him and he has called me stupid and told me that I was not worth anything. Baldwin has told me that (the girl) has a cute body for an 8-year-old,” she alleged in her petition, noting “I have made a child abuse report.”

At the police station on July 15, “Peggy told me she was trying to get an emergency protective order against her boyfriend, Baldwin Irving, from Wings of Hope (shelter). The advocate advised her she needed to contact the police department regarding the crime,” Perkins Deputy Police Chief Kyle Howard alleged in an affidavit.

“Peggy said she witnessed Baldwin molesting (the 8-year-old girl) on three separate occasions. She also witnessed Baldwin molest (the 3-year-old boy) on one occasion. The incidents first started approximately two months ago. The last molestation happened roughly two weeks ago.

“I asked why she is disclosing now instead of when the prior incidents occurred. She stated that she was forced to participate because Baldwin Irving threatened to beat her. She stated that her and Baldwin have been arguing recently and she wanted to notify what was happening.

“I notified the Payne County DHS on-call worker of the incident and they stated they were working on it currently. I called Perkins Police Investigator Daryn Zanfardino in to help with this case. I told Investigator Zanfardino that it was possible Peggy was involved with the abuse and a recent fight may have fractured the relationship.

“Investigator Zanfardino said she called in on 7-10-2021 to try and have Baldwin Irving removed from the home. She did not disclose any abuse at this time,” the Perkins deputy police chief alleged in an affidavit.

During a July 16 interview at a child advocacy center in another county, the girl “disconnected from the interview as soon as they began talking about the anatomy,” the affidavit alleged. In his interview, the boy said, “Baldwin smokes marijuana outside and that when he smokes it inside, he smokes with Peggy,” the affidavit alleged.

Asked if he had ever seen Baldwin’s penis, the boy said “yeah,” and Baldwin “likes to be naked,” the affidavit alleged. The boy said “he didn’t know why he had to touch (Baldwin’s) penis and that nobody made him touch it,” the affidavit alleged.

During a July 16 interview with the woman, the Perkins deputy police chief alleged in an affidavit, “I asked her what she thought should happen to a woman that brings in a man and they molest the children together and she reluctantly stated she should be in jail. I told her what went on in this house was evil and Peggy agreed.”

In his interview, “Baldwin stated that he did the things he did because he thought he didn’t have a choice. I asked Baldwin if he knew for a fact that (the girl) was asleep when he would touch her and he said that he was almost positive because he would hear her snoring,” the Perkins investigator alleged in his affidavit.

“I asked Baldwin if there was anything else that I should know and he explained to me that (the boy) had seen his penis and touched it; however, each time it was because he and Peggy had been messing around and that she would pull it out,” the Perkins investigator alleged in his affidavit.

“I asked Baldwin if there was anything that he wanted to tell (the children) and he stated that he wanted to tell him that he was sorry. He wanted them to know that he only did the things that he did to them because that’s what Peggy wanted and that he cared for them,” the Perkins investigator alleged in his affidavit.

Baldwin Irving had been released from prison in October of 2018 after serving about ten months when his seven-year probationary sentence for two auto burglaries in an OSU parking lot in 2015 was revoked in 2017, court records show. Baldwin had also served about two years of two concurrent five-year prison terms for concealing stolen property in 2009 and false personation in 2010 in Stillwater after his probation was revoked in 2011.

When Irving was 18, he had been sent to the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) boot camp prison program for about three months for second-degree burglary in Ardmore, state Department of Corrections records show.