The Pryor Times

November 21, 2013

Jailer arrested for sex crime

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Mayes County Sheriff's Office jumped into action after accusations were made against jailer Aaron Peters, Tuesday.

“It was told to Kyle Murray, Jail Administrator, by Mayes County Medical Center that sexual conduct with a female inmate took place,” said Captain Rod Howell.

Peters was immediately pulled off duty for questioning as Howell said “all allegations are taken very seriously.

“Upon realizing there were possible criminal violations, we decided we needed to be objective in the interest of justice so we asked the Pryor Police Department to investigate,” said Howell.

Approximately six hours after the accusation was made, Peters was booked into jail.

As Peters cannot be housed with other inmates, he was taken to an administrative holding facility before being transferred to another jail for his own safety.

Peters is a new employee at the county jail, having not reached his 60-day mark, but Howell said everything about his employment was “by the book.”

“We will not tolerate anything like that from any employee that works for us. That behavior is unacceptable 100 percent. In a leadership position, having that responsibility, you’re held to a higher standard. He will be held accountable. I take professionalism and responsibility very seriously,” said Sheriff Mike Reed, who is in Washington, DC, at training all week.

Peters did not appear in court for his arraignment Tuesday but was represented by his attorney Kim Ritchie. While the state anticipates filing charges containing one felony count of rape by instrumentation, Judge Rebecca Gore found probable cause to detain Peters and allowed the state until Thursday to formally file charges.

Upon hearing the state's request for a $1 million bond, Ritchie informed the court the 23-year-old lives with his parents, grew up in Pryor, has ties to the community and is not a flight risk.

Ritchie requested bond be set at $20,000. Gore set bond at $50,000.

Peters has no prior criminal record.