ADA — A teenager accused of raping three other teens and attempting to rape another was bound over Monday for trial.
Cato James Mashburn, 16, appeared in a preliminary hearing Monday in Pontotoc County District Court. He was charged as a youthful offender with eight counts of first-degree rape, one count of attempted first-degree rape and one count of forcible oral sodomy.
After hearing testimony, Special District Judge Greg Pollard said he believed the evidence presented by the state supported the charges and ordered Mashburn to stand trial as an adult.
Police were called to Cypress Group Home June 23 after a teenage male, 14, accused Mashburn, then 15, of attempted rape. Cypress Group Home, now defunct, was a privately owned center for at-risk children. Teens were placed in the home as a last resort before being sent to a detention center or a psychiatric facility.
"This was in reference to a juvenile male resident reporting that he was sexually assaulted by another juvenile male resident in the late night hours of (June 21 or early morning hours of June 22)," Ada Police Detective Shane Jones said in a court affidavit.
The alleged victim accused Mashburn of inappropriate touching and attempted sodomy.
"During (a) forensic interview ... (the victim) stated that on that Sunday night, he and (Mashburn) were talking when (Mashburn) started talking to him about being bisexual and specific sexual acts," Jones said. "This conversation took place in a vacant bedroom in the boy's cottage located on Cypress grounds."
The alleged victim said he told Mashburn he wasn't like that anymore, and he and Mashburn left the room. He said Mashburn later woke him up, directed him back to the vacant room and told him to keep quiet.
"(The victim) stated (Mashburn) started talking to him again about bisexuality and different sex acts," Jones said. "(The victim) told the interviewer that he was intimidated by (Mashburn) and at one point was fearful of being punched and knocked out by (Mashburn) if he didn't do what (Mashburn) wanted him to do."
The alleged victim said the talk turned to unwanted touching and, when Mashburn allegedly attempted to have sex with him, the victim jumped up and went back to his room. He reported the incident to Cypress staff the next morning.
Through his investigation, Jones located three other alleged victims who accused Mashburn of rape. The incidents reportedly occurred at the group home between the fall of 2014 and June 2015. The alleged male victims ranged in age from 13 to 16.
Mashburn is currently in the Pontotoc County Justice Center held on a $250,000 bond.
This was not the first crime committed at the Cypress Group Home, which opened in June 2014. Police responded to dozens of calls ranging from assaults to vandalisms to having to subdue out-of-control youths before the facility closed this past summer.
In December 2014, another resident, Adriana Wilson, now 17, was charged with rape by instrumentation after she reportedly used her hand to rape another female teen at the home, causing the victim to bleed. The victim said she was wrestled down and pinned by Wilson before the rape.
In June of this year, Wilson pleaded no contest to the charge and, as a youthful offender, was sentenced to "15 years with all except the time until the defendant reaches 18 years and 5 months" suspended, according to court records.
She is currently held in a juvenile affairs secured facility supervised by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections until she reaches 18 years and five months.