By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 52-year-old rural Stillwater man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young female relatives during a 15-year period between 2002 and 2017, a court official told KUSH today.
Joseph Scott Rood does not have an agreement with the prosecution regarding his sentence on four counts of lewd molestation and two counts of child sexual abuse, since he entered what is called “a blind plea of guilty,” to all charges last week, the court official said.
Rood was ordered to return to court on Sept. 15 for a sentencing hearing before Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, the court official said.
All of the victims are now adults, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown, who arrested Rood on Aug. 26, 2019, court records show.
One relative told the investigator, “the first time Rood molested her, she was 4-years-old and he had taken her camping at either Lake Carl Blackwell or McMurtry,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “there were far too many incidents for her to recall all of them. (She) recounted how Rood would take her into the computer room and require her to watch pornography,” at his rural Stillwater residence, the affidavit alleged.
“These incidents began when she was as young as 5 and ended when she was approximately 13,” the affidavit alleged.
On July 31, 2019, the girl made “a controlled call,” to Rood with the investigator present, the affidavit alleged.
The girl “told Rood the police had contacted her and wanted to talk with her “about all the sexual stuff we did.’ Rood responded to this by asking ‘How would they know anything about it?"” the affidavit alleged.
When she asked Rood “what she was supposed to say if the police asked ‘about us,’ Rood responded by saying ‘they can’t prove anything about anything,"” the affidavit alleged.
“Rood did not deny (the girl’s) accusation in regards to him penetrating her,” the affidavit alleged.
Another female relative told the investigator, “the first incident she remembers was the worst time,” when she was about 6-years-old, the affidavit alleged.
She “had gotten into trouble for running inside the house by another adult in the home. Rood took her into the bedroom to be spanked with a belt,” but instead molested her, the affidavit alleged. She said Rood told her “she needed to act as if she was crying when she left the room, so the other adult in the home believed she had been spanked,” the affidavit alleged.
She “described feeling weird and confused every time Rood would molest her. (She) said she was already very scared of Rood and the other adult in the home; therefore, she never felt there was anyone safe she could talk to,” the affidavit alleged.
Another female relative said “she stayed with Rood during her fall break in 2017” when she was 16, the affidavit alleged.
Rood told her “tonight is going to be fun,” the affidavit alleged. She said that Rood gave her about 10 shots of tequila and raped her, the affidavit alleged.