The Pryor Times

December 21, 2013

Accused former jailer, inmate back in court

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — An accused jailer and an inmate were both back in court Thursday.

Aaron Peters and Patsy Bates both appeared in Mayes County District Court on the Preliminary Hearing Sounding Docket. Bates was one of 21 inmates brought into the court room in handcuffs. She was, however, the only inmate brought in from Rogers County where she is being held while while the charges are being investigated.

Bates was an inmate of the Mayes County Jail when she was allegedly raped by jailer Aaron Peters while he was monitoring her stay at the Mayes County Medical Center. Peters was terminated from the position and Bates was transferred to the Rogers County Jail for the duration of the investigation.

She appeared on the docket on two felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery. This court appearance marked the first appearance of a new attorney on the case, as as a previous attorney was allowed to withdraw from the case. Judge Rebecca Gore, per the attorney’s request, continued the case to Jan. 23. Bates, dressed in a jail issued black and white stripped uniform, provided only perfunctory responses to the judge before silently taking her seat again.

Peters, who was seated in the courtroom with his parents, was called minutes later. Per his attorney’s request the court continued his case to the preliminary hearing docket Jan. 23. Once Peters stood to make his appearance, Bates, seated in the jury seats with the rest of the inmates still in custody, put her head down, her face not visible to the rest of the court room. Gore ordered Peters to reappear on that date with his attorney to which he replied only with, “yes ma’am.” Peters and his family then exited the court room as Gore preceded to call the remainder of the docket. Bates began to cry once Peters had exited the court room and continued to do so through the next several individuals called on the docket but received no acknowledgment from the court.

Bates is being held on a $90,000 bond. Additionally she has filed a law suit against Peters, the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and

the Mayes County Commissioners for upwards of $75,000.

Accused jailer and inmate both back in court Thursday.

Aaron Peters and Patsy Bates both appeared in Mayes County District Court Thursday on the Preliminary Hearing Sounding Docket. Bates was one of 21 inmates brought into the court room in handcuffs. She was, however, the only inmate brought in from Rogers County where she is being held while while the charges are being investigated.

Bates was an inmate of the Mayes County Jail when she was allegedly raped by jailer Aaron Peters while he was monitoring her stay at the Mayes County Medical Center. Peters was terminated from the position and Bates was transferred to the Rogers County Jail for the course of the investigation.

She appeared on the docket on two felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery. This court appearance marked the first appearance of a new attorney on the case, as as a previous attorney was allowed to withdraw from the case. Judge Rebecca Gore, per the attorney's request, continued the case to Jan. 23. Bates, dressed in a jail issued black and white stripped uniform, provided only perfunctory responses to the judge before silently taking her seat again.

Peters, who was seated in the courtroom with his parents, was called minutes later. Per his attorney's request the court continued his case to the preliminary hearing docket Jan. 23. Once Peters stood to make his appearance, Bates, seated in the jury seats with the rest of the inmates still in custody, put her head down, her face not visible to the rest of the court room. Gore ordered Peters to reappear on that date with his attorney to which he replied only with, “yes ma'am.” Peters and his family then exited the court room as Gore preceded to call the remainder of the docket. Bates began to cry once Peters had exited the court room and continued to do so through the next several individuals called on the docket but received no acknowledgment from the court.

Bates is being held on a $90,000 bond. Additionally she has filed a law suit against Peters, the Mayes County Sheriff's Office and the Mayes County Commissioners for upwards of $75,000.