PRYOR, OK —
Robert Rowbotham appeared in Mayes County District Court Tuesday via video conference from the Mayes County Jail where he is being held on two counts of lewd molestation and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Judge Rebecca Gore, who presided over the arraignments, asked Rowbotham if he had received a copy of the charges and if the information was true and correct.
When she could not hear his response, Gore asked him to step closer to the microphone. When he failed to do so, jailers attempted to guide him closer to the microphone. Rowbotham pulled his arm away, covered his face with his hand and appeared to be crying.
Gore determined he would be held without bond until Wednesday, when she said he “might be having a better day.”
Information filed in the case alleges Rowbotham touched an eight-year-old child in a lewd manner on multiple occasions. It also alleges he assaulted the victim's mother with a dangerous weapon, “cutting her on the arm and ear with a knife.”
During an interview with a child advocacy representative, the victim described feeling “not safe” around Rowbotham.
The report concludes with a statement from the victim's mother, in which she told officers she was afraid a protective order would make matters worse, if he was released from jail.
“If Robert was in jail, he has friends that would do anything for him,” she is quoted as saying in the police report.
Rowbotham was in court Wednesday and was told by Gore his charges carry not less than 20 years in the department of corrections.
Rowbotham kept his eyes downcast, not looking at the camera as Gore set his case for Feb. 27. Bond was set at $1 million.
Rowbotham has a criminal record in Mayes County ranging as far back as 1990. Rowbotham has been charged with domestic assault and battery, endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, second degree burglary, public intoxication, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, knowingly concealing stolen property, escape from a penal institution, possession of a firearm.