DRUMMOND, Okla. — A Drummond man is facing a felony charge after reportedly committing lewd acts to a 9-year-old girl.
Justin Wayne Prentice, 37, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, according to court documents filed in Garfield County. The crime is punishable by no less than 25 years in prison.
The reported incidents happened from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police were told by the girl that Prentice had kissed her multiple times, had tried to get the girl to take chocolate from his mouth using her mouth, and also asked the girl to go on a date with him to buy Christmas gifts.
She told police in a Dec. 11 interview that Prentice started flirting with her in November when she was selling chocolate for school, according to the affidavit. The girl told investigators Prentice left one end of a chocolate bar hanging out of his mouth and tried to get her to bite the other end.
The girl told investigators the next incident occurred Nov. 25, and that Prentice begged her to kiss him, and that he did so for so long that she agreed so he would leave her alone, according to the affidavit. She said Prentice kissed the her three times.
In a later incident, the girl told police Prentice asked the girl to marry him, according to the affidavit. She said Prentice only "acts this way and tries to get her to do things when her father is not around."
When Prentice left, the girl told her father what happened, according to the affidavit. Police then were called and a report made.
On Dec. 19, police interviewed Prentice about the incidents, according to the affidavit. He told police he told the girl originally he would give the girl a dollar for the candy and a kiss, and that at first the girl told him no, but that there were numerous occasions he bought candy and asked her.
Prentice told police he "talked her into it," and that the kiss "was the first kiss he had in a long time and it made him feel 'special,'" according to the affidavit.
He also told investigators "he has not had a girlfriend in twenty years and 'it wears on your brain,'" and he also admitted "he liked a portion of the kissing as he was getting more physical attention than he has gotten in the past twenty years," according to the affidavit.
Prentice also told police that during one of the visits he asked the girl if she would marry him, according to the affidavit.
"He did so because he wanted to make sure that she was interested in getting married before having sex with someone," the officer wrote in the affidavit.
Miller writes for Enid News & Eagle, a CNHI News Service publication.