Authorities investigating a claim a woman was drugged and raped

Friday, September 2nd 2005, 5:45 am
By: News On 6

A Green Country woman says a recent date turned into a nightmare. She believes she was drugged and raped and now, she wants to know if she's the first or if there are others.

News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright says a woman, we'll call Jane, says she met Bill Rutherford a couple of months ago. She says their friendship was based on a shared love of dancing and books and what she believed were shared values of church and family. "His demeanor was careful, guarded, I respected that. He liked to talk about books, reading and church and was a policeman for 10 years, all the things that make you think this is a good guy."

Bill Rutherford was a reserve Broken Arrow Police officer from 1995 until 2003. Jane says after their date Friday night, they went to Rutherford's Porter home to look at the exotic leopards he raises, then went inside and Bill offered her a drink. She says she blacked out and the next thing she remembers is waking up, during sex. "I don't remember going to his room, taking off my clothes, no condom talk. With alcohol, you at least still know who you are, but this wasn't me."

The victim says after a few days of still not feeling like herself, she had a drug test and it came back positive for methamphetamine. That's when she went to the police and deputies searched the suspect's home and say they also found meth there.

The Wagoner County Sheriff's office says the field test on Rutherford’s drugs was positive for meth, but they'll send it to OSBI for a more conclusive test. They say Rutherford confessed to drugging his victim. They did not arrest him, but did send the case to the District Attorney's office, asking for charges of rape and possession of a controlled drug. "I felt vindicated that he confessed that he drugged me because if he denied all that and they couldn't find the drug at his house, I would've thought I'd gone crazy."

The News on 6 talked to the secretary of Rutherford's attorney twice Thursday, but did not get a call back from him. Lori Fullbright also talked to Bill Rutherford on his cell phone and stressed the importance of getting his side. He told Lori he wasn't to say anything.

Again, Bill Rutherford has not been arrested or charged. If the DA files charges, an arrest warrant will follow.