By Patti Weaver


  (Stillwater, Okla.)  — A Stillwater man accused of sexually battering a female friend and physically abusing a female child to whom he is related has been found mentally competent to face both felony charges.
    Mark Douglas Haskins, 37, who previously lived in Cushing, remains free on $20,000 total bail pending Jan. 7, 2022, preliminary hearings in both cases, court records show.
    The alleged sexual battery on Jan. 4, 2021, was reported two days later at the Stillwater Police Department by the woman, Detective Sherae LeJeune wrote in an affidavit.
    “Within the past two months prior to this incident, (she) had become acquainted with Mark Haskins,” whom she described as a friend with no intimacy, the affidavit alleged.
    “Mark told (her) he suffered from a traumatic brain injury caused by a motor vehicle accident, which left him unable to drive. (She) occasionally provided Mark with transportation to church in Perkins, and to visit his children in Oklahoma City,” the affidavit alleged.
    “On a few occasions, Mark touched her inappropriately or leaned in to kiss her when she dropped him off at his home. She responded by pushing him away, turning away from his intended kiss and telling him not to do those things. At first, (she) believed Mark did not understand that his actions were inappropriate,” the affidavit alleged.
    On Jan. 4, 2021, she gave him to ride to see his children, and “On the drive back to Stillwater, Mark began to get ‘handsy.’ He reached over and began rubbing her neck, then reached down and touched her right breast. (She) moved his hand off of her. Mark became upset and began to pout. She relented and allowed him to rub her neck only,” the affidavit alleged.
    After they arrived in his driveway, “He opened (her) door and told her to get out in a demanding tone. (She) did step out of the car to give Mark a hug, so she could leave the situation and go home. When she embraced Mark, he wrapped his arms around her and lifted her off the ground so that her feet could not get any traction.
    “She repeatedly told him to put her down, but he would not. He eventually set her down, but forced her against the car,” before sexually battering her, the affidavit alleged.
    “She pushed him away, got into her car and locked the doors. Mark knocked on the glass and began to berate (her) and asked what her problem was,” the affidavit alleged.
    She “did not sustain any physical signs of injury; however, her arms and upper body were sore the next day. After the assault, (she) believed Mark knew his actions were inappropriate, but he did not care,” the affidavit alleged. “She advised she wished to file charges against Mark,” the affidavit said.
    When the police detective contacted him at his residence, “I found him to be on the phone with his attorney. His attorney told me that Mark will not speak to law enforcement about this incident,” LeJeune wrote in her affidavit.
    If convicted of sexual battery, Haskins could be given as much as a 10-year prison term, court records show.
    A year earlier, Haskins had been charged with hitting a 10-year-old female relative in the face, chest and side followed by pushing her to the ground, court records show. If convicted of child abuse on May 14, 2020, Haskins could be given up to a life prison term, court records show.