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March 6, 2014

Convicted sex offender held on $500,000 bond

PRYOR, OK — Christopher Rotenberry, 30, Chewy, appeared in Mayes County District Court Tuesday with a felony count of violating his probation.

Rotenberry is charged with a felony count of “devising a plan, scheme or program of action to cause serious harm.”

Information filed in the case alleges the event leading to the arrest occurred on Feb. 28.

The alleged victim was the social worker assigned to Rotenberry’s child custody case through the Department of Human Services.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Rotenberry told the woman he was going to shoot her up with dope so she would perform oral sex on him and “not fight it.”

Officers state this was not a one-time threat, that Rotenberry sent multiple text messages and voicemails to the alleged victim and her husband which were sexual and threatening in nature.

Pryor Police Officer James Willyard said Rotenberry called the woman while masturbating.

The defendant appeared in court via video conference from the Mayes County Jail. He was informed that the charge, combined with his prior felony convictions, can carry up to a life sentence.

“He is on probation from prison on a sex crime,” said Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill, “He is also being investigated for the same allegations in Claremore.”

For those reasons, Hill said, the state requested Rotenberry be held without bond, or at the least $500,000.

Judge Rebecca Gore set bond at $500,000 and continued his case to April 17 on the preliminary hearing sounding docket at which time Rotenberry will be required to appear with an attorney.

At the conclusion of Rotenberry's court appearance, eight individuals filed out of the court room.

The sex crime Hill referenced was a 2012 felony charge of indecent exposure as he exposed himself to children at Prairie Village housing addition. Rotenberry was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections, all suspended except two years. At the time of his initial court appearance on the indecent exposure charge, he appeared in Mayes County District Court crying, pleading for the returned custody of his children.

He was charged in 2004 with second degree burglary and breaking and entering. He was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, all suspended except for six months.

In 2005, he was charged with second-degree burglary of an automobile and second-degree burglary. He was ordered to seven years to run concurrently with his 2004 charge.

 

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