TULSA COUNTY - The civil suit involving former Sheriff Stanley Glanz continued today with cross-examination of the plaintiff who says she was sexually assaulted in the jail in 2010.
Friday, the defense questioned the plaintiff, walking her through a timeline of different stories she told about alleged sex acts in the jail.
Defense Attorney Clark Brewster went over an initial interview held three months after the plaintiff was released from jail. In it, she confirmed that Detention Officer Seth Bowers grabbed her a few times, but it was quote, “nothing big.” When asked in that interview if any sexual conduct happened to her, she said “no.”
When Brewster asked her why she didn't say anything then in 2010, she replied “I don't know.”
In 2012 the plaintiff was interviewed under oath after filing a federal suit. In that deposition, she said Bowers came in contact with her 50 times and the two engaged in sexual relations at least 15 times.
She admitted to the defense today that she left out parts out of that original interview. Jurors also heard from a 2010 recording of a phone call between the plaintiff and her mother just a few weeks before she first alleged sexual abuse.
"I was wanting to tell you something so bad in the letter. But I didn't want nobody else to open it and read it,” said Plaintiff.
“What is it? Cause you can tell me now,” said Plaintiff’s mother.
“I can't on the phone. Oh, but I need a lawyer (laughs) seriously,” said Plaintiff.
“Oh yeah?” said Plaintiff’s mother.
“Yeah," said Plaintiff.
In the call, the plaintiff said she would tell her mother more about it in a letter, though no letters were introduced into evidence. She told jurors she was laughing because a fellow inmate was across the hall playing around with her. She says she was not laughing at the situation.
The plaintiff later called a psychologist to the stand who evaluated the plaintiff. He told the court the plaintiff is below average intellectual thinking. He says when he brought up the alleged sexual assault in evaluation, she had a panic attack.
The defense has not called their first witness yet. They are anticipated to start sometime next week.
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