Former Ringling police officer resigns in deal with prosecutors

Tuesday, August 8th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

RINGLING, Okla. (AP) -- A former Ringling police officer accused of telling a teen-age girl he would have sex with her if she got him marijuana resigned in order to avoid facing charges.

In a deferred prosecution agreement reached with prosecutors, Robert Stubbs agreed July 26 to quit the department and never again
seek employment as a law enforcement officer, said Assistant Jefferson County District Attorney Dennis Gay. Stubbs also agreed
to surrender his certification from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

As part of the agreement, Gay told Stubbs he wouldn't comment on the case as long as Stubbs didn't comment or didn't misrepresent
the facts. That apparently ended with a recent letter from Stubbs and his wife, Charla, that ran in the Ringling Eagle.

The letter quoted Scripture, reading: "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you."

"His saying that these things we have said are false is not truthful so I feel free to comment now," Gay said Tuesday.

"He should expect me to respond," he said.

Gay said prosecutors presented Stubbs with two alternative counts that he could face. One was soliciting the use of services of a person younger than 18 to transport and distribute a
controlled, dangerous substance. The other was a felony of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A report was filed with the Jefferson County sheriff's department. Deputies and a district attorney investigator conducted an investigation.

Gay said the investigation involved a series of incidents from July 20 to July 25.

Gay said he hasn't decided whether to file charges, but said he doesn't anticipate doing so if Stubbs follows through with the rest of the terms of the agreement.

Stubbs would not discuss the specifics of the case Monday night, but said he felt he could still do his job as a police officer. He said the letter was "just to thank everybody for the support."