Affidavit made public on Oklahoma judge's sexual allegations

 


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A search warrant affidavit alleging repeated instances of unwanted sexual advances by a former Oklahoma County judge has been made public after two attorneys making accusations said it took them a long time to come forward because they feared for their careers.

The search warrant, which does not identify the women, was made public Monday on the allegations of sexual misconduct against now-resigned Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate at the request of District Attorney David Prater after two of his prosecutors and a female defense attorney accused the judge of sexual misconduct.

Henderson, 62, resigned in March.

The affidavit cites interviews with two female attorneys, one of whom said the unwanted approaches started in 2016. At one point, according to the affidavit, Henderson called her to his office, "shut the door, turned her around, kissed her and put her hand on his erect penis (over the clothes)."


A second attorney said Henderson began hugging her last year and squeezed her buttocks during one hug. She alleges that at one point Henderson groped her from behind and she was forced to kiss him as he inappropriately touched her.

Henderson's attorney told The Oklahoman that she hopes the OSBI will also present to prosecutors the women's emails to the judge "asking him to do various sexual things."

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate.

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This story has been corrected to show that The Associated Press erroneously reported that Oklahoma City lawyer Jacqui Ford accused the judge of making advances toward her. Ford has not made any accusations against the judge and was speaking as an analyst for a TV station about allegations made by other women whose names have not been made public. The AP's story also said three female attorneys have made accusations about the judge. Two attorneys came forward with accusations in the affidavit.


 

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