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Formal charges filed against former MPS employee

Raymond Thomas Garner

By Jacob Sturm

Formal charges have been filed against Raymond Thomas Garner, a former teacher of Mustang Public Schools alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a former student.

At the time of Garner’s arrest on February 1, Mustang Police Chief Rob Groseclose and Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley, along with OSBI public information officer Brook Arbeitman, addressed the situation.

Groseclose said then that the department opened an investigation on Jan. 27 after the school’s resource officer heard rumors about a teacher allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student and notified police.

According to the affidavit obtained from the Canadian County Courthouse in El Reno, the victim told investigators that Garner served as her Chemistry teacher and was also the National Honor Society advisor.

The victim, according to the affidavit, guessed that hundreds of sexual acts occurred while she was a minor and a student at Mustang High School.

On May 22, Garner’s formal charges were filed. Those were as follows: two counts of rape in the second degree, two counts of sexual battery, forcible sodomy, and rape by instrumentation.

Rape in the second degree is a felony with punishments of imprisonment of between one and 15 years.

Sexual Battery is a felony punishable with imprisonment for up to 10 years.

Forcible sodomy is a felony with punishments of imprisonment for up to 20 years.

Rape by instrumentation is a felony with punishments of jail time for not less than five years to life without parole.

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