By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — An 18-year-old Yale man has been ordered to appear in court with an attorney on April 1 on felony charges of sexting and raping a 13-year-old rural Stillwater girl, whose mother alleged in a petition for a protective order that he posed as a licensed therapist and assisted in cutting the girl’s wrist.

Jarrod Patterson has been freed on $15,000 bail on a second-degree rape charge punishable on conviction by up to life in prison without parole, and a sexting count punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Patterson has been ordered to have no contact with the girl, as a condition of his bail.

Two days after Patterson was arrested, the girl’s mother obtained an emergency protective order on her daughter’s behalf on Feb. 12, court records show.

In her EPO petition the girl’s mother alleged, “Defendant was caught in my house having sex. My daughter’s phone has been confiscated and Payne County investigators have phone and have evidence going through Snapchat account and Instagram account that defendant has been manipulating and having sexual acts with my child.

“He has stated that he is here to help her and has posed as a licensed therapist to my daughter. He has stated that he would take care of me (mother) and that he has purchased a gun (pistol.)

“He assisted in cutting my daughter’s wrist and has told her to take medication, which I found, Advil, Tylenol and leg cramp pills, in her bedroom to kill herself with.

“She has admitted to trying to kill herself with his help and has had to spend nights in a behavioral center.”

Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown wrote in an affidavit that the girl’s mother told him on Feb. 3 the girl “had recently been caught with a person, who she believed to be over 18 years of age.”

“During the course of the investigation, I was able to determine that the unknown male was Jarrod Patterson, who was 18,” Brown wrote in his affidavit.

“During a search of (the girl’s) phone, investigators discovered conversations between (the girl) and Patterson that were lewd in nature; furthermore, these conversations discussed sexual acts and photos sent to (the girl) of Patterson’s erect penis. The majority of these conversations had taken place on Snapchat,” the affidavit alleged.

At the Saville Center in Stillwater, during a medical examination with a nurse-practitioner, the girl “disclosed having sex with Patterson on multiple occasions from January 2021 until Patterson was caught at the residence in Payne County,” the affidavit alleged.

When Patterson was interviewed by the sheriff’s investigator at the Yale Police Department on Feb. 10, Patterson admitted “he had sex with (the girl), exchanged lewd photos and messages with (her), and knew (she) was 13 years of age during this time,” the affidavit alleged.

“Patterson told me he had been exchanging messages with (the girl) since approximately May 2020,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit.

Patterson was arrested on Feb. 10 at 4 pm and released from the Payne County Jail on bail on Feb. 16, court records show.

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