Sweetwater teacher charged with Rape, Forcible Sodomy and Sexual Battery

A 29-year-old former Sweetwater science teacher and assistant coach was formally charged on Thursday, January 31 with eight felonies related to alleged criminal interactions with two students. The charges include soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology, violating the Oklahoma Statute Via Computer Act, rape by instrumentation, two counts of forcible sodomy and three counts of sexual battery.

Cameron Gladd turned himself in to the Beckham County Detention Center that same day and bonded out quickly on a $100,000 bond.

 Gladd had been employed by Sweetwater School since 2017 and, according to sources close to the case, resigned his position approximately two weeks ago after law enforcement began questioning Gladd about possible illegal communication and actions with students.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Sweetwater Superintendent Casey Reed on January 17, reporting improper text messages that had been discovered between Gladd and a 16-year-old student.

Reed had been shown screenshots by a third party of conservations between the child and Gladd.

One of messages believed to be between Gladd and one of the students was included in the probable cause affidavit. Gladd appeared to begin the day’s messages by texting, “Good morning beautiful, what’s up.”

The student responded by discussing ball practice. The messages included in the probable cause affidavit appear to demonstrate that Gladd then directed the conversation in a sexual nature by discussing explicit acts he desired to perform upon the child.

During the forensic interview, the child reportedly admitted to receiving and sending inappropriate sexual messages with Gladd over social media and said that she would sometimes be sitting in Gladd’s classroom at...

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