By Patti Weaver
    (Stillwater, Okla.)  —  A 30-year-old Stillwater man has been ordered to appear in court with an attorney on Oct. 20 on two counts of sexual battery of a female relative at his residence.
    If convicted of both counts, Joshua James Canfield, who remains free on $20,000 bail, could be imprisoned for as long as 20 years, according to the charge filed last week.
    Canfield’s relative went to the police station on April 12 to file a report of “multiple incidents of sexual battery” between February and May of last year, an affidavit alleged.
    Asked if she ever consented, she said, “No, I completely froze. I thought in my mind this is not happening…she explained she was pretending to be asleep while the assault was taking place. She thought if she pretended to be asleep, he wouldn’t do anything to her,” the affidavit alleged.
    “On June 11, 2021, Joshua came to the Stillwater Police Department to speak with me about his case,” Stillwater Police Detective Mary Kellison wrote in an affidavit filed last week.
    “I asked Joshua if he thought (she) would come to law enforcement and report something that wasn’t true, and he replied, ‘No, I have no reason to think that.’ I asked Joshua if he thought (she) was an honest person, and he replied, ‘I do.’ I asked Joshua if he thought (she) would be honest in disclosing things that happened to her to law enforcement, and he said ‘Yes,"” the detective alleged in her affidavit.
    Asked about a particular incident, “Joshua said, ‘It was definitely inappropriate,"” the affidavit alleged.