OSBI Arrests Mannford Police Officer Accused Of Raping Student

A 42-year-old Mannford Police Officer is in custody accused of rape and providing alcohol to a minor, according to the OSBI.

Wednesday, March 6th 2024, 3:03 pm

By: News On 6


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Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Mannford police officer who also worked as a school resource officer.

Agents say James Matthew Waltman invited a Mannford student to his house, gave him several shots of whiskey and then assaulted the student.

Waltman is a nine-year veteran of Mannford Police, working with a K9 and in schools.

An affidavit says Waltman invited a student to his house, then they each consumed about 12 shots of alcohol.

It says the student got sick and laid down to feel better, but woke up to Waltman assaulting him.

The affidavit says the student demanded he be taken home and finally was. It says the student told a pastor what happened and the pastor contacted authorities.

The report says Waltman admitted to the pastor, the police chief, the superintendent and others that he did provide alcohol but denied an assault. However, the affidavit says Waltman admitted things happened between two consenting adults.

The news left some Mannford parents in shock.

“I was kind of disgusted about it,” said Taylor Young, a parent. “It’s an officer. They’re supposed to protect and serve our community and our kids and I feel like this kind of thing just failed us.”

Mannford’s superintendent provided a statement saying the district immediately contacted authorities and is working with the student and their family.

The affidavit says a second student came forward saying he spent time at Waltman’s home last month. The affidavit says the student was given beer but the student denied any sexual contact.

Waltman is in jail for rape and for giving alcohol to minors. The OSBI says the investigation is ongoing and asks anyone who has information to call them.

This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates.

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