Former Officer Convicted Of Raping 15 Year Old Girl

Saturday, March 10th 2007, 2:21 pm
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A Muskogee County jury has recommended 45 years in prison for a former Haskell police officer convicted of molesting and raping a 15-year-old girl. Jurors took less than two hours Friday to reach three guilty verdicts for 54 year-old Robert Wheeland.

Wheeland sat emotionless as the bailiff read the three guilty verdicts -- two each for lewd molestation and one for second-degree rape. Wheeland was acquitted of procuring or distributing child pornography.

Although Wheeland was tried only for the crimes alleged by one victim, two other young girls testified that Wheeling molested and raped them. Additional cases against Wheeling are pending.

Wheeland is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. June 11th. He's being held in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility.