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Oklahoma School Resource Officer Arrested for Rape and Providing Alcohol to a Minor

Written by: Sam Orlando

MANNFORD, OKLAHOMA -On Tuesday March 5, 2024, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) announced the arrest of James Matthew Waltman, a 42-year-old Mannford Police officer, on serious charges including first-degree rape and providing alcohol to a minor. The arrest, made on the evening of March 5, 2024, has sent shockwaves through the small Oklahoma community, particularly because of Waltman's dual role as a school resource officer (SRO) for Mannford Public Schools.

The OSBI's involvement came at the request of the Mannford Police Department to assist in a sexual abuse case initially flagged on March 5. The thorough investigation by OSBI special agents quickly identified Waltman as the suspect, uncovering evidence of his inappropriate engagement with a student, which included the supply of alcohol to the minor.

Following the findings, Waltman was booked into the Creek County Jail, facing charges that highlight the gravity of his alleged actions. The ongoing investigation underscores the seriousness with which the OSBI and local law enforcement agencies are treating the case, inviting anyone with additional information to step forward.

In response to the allegations and subsequent arrest, Kerry Spradin, Superintendent for Mannford Public Schools, issued a statement emphasizing the district's immediate action upon hearing of the misconduct. The statement highlighted the district's commitment to student safety and cooperation with law enforcement to ensure a comprehensive investigation and resolution. Due to confidentiality considerations, further details on the matter were not disclosed.

Confirmation of Waltman's arrest and his position within both the Mannford Police Department and as a school resource officer was obtained through direct inquiries to the Creek County Sheriff's Office and Mannford Public Schools, respectively. The involvement of a law enforcement officer in such serious crimes, especially someone tasked with the safety and wellbeing of students, has raised concerns about the safeguarding measures in place within the school district.

As the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation continues to delve deeper into the case, with assistance from the Mannford Police Department and the Creek County Sheriff's Office, the community awaits further details and developments. The case stands as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance and thorough background checks for those in positions of trust and authority over minors.

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