The Pryor Times

November 2, 2013

Accused child molester attempts suicide

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — A newly-arrested inmate filed a motion for bond reduction Thursday.

Jack Boydstun, Chouteau, was scheduled to appear before Judge Rebecca Gore Thursday in Mayes County District Court.

Boydstun, however, was not present. His attorney, Gerald Lee, said he was unable to be brought over from the jail for medical reasons.

“I met with him yesterday. He is charged with child sexual abuse involving his 15-year-old daughter. He has multiple sclerosis for which he takes trial injections,” said Lee. “These injections cause him mental issues. His only income is disability.”

Lee said he spoke with Boydstun Wednesday night and the defendant could barely walk and had a hard time getting out of bed but was given his medication in jail.

“He was apparently disoriented. I would ask the court to consider reducing his bond. The family could not pay more than $10,000 to $15,000,” said Lee.

Bond was originally set at $500,000 on Oct. 28.

Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill told the court Boydstun's bond should stand.

“With the defendant's behavior in jail, we believe he is a danger not only to children but to himself,” said Hill.

Hill then recounted the victim's testimony as taken by law enforcement. The victim said Boydstun continued to enter her bedroom asking if she had told anyone about the sexual abuse yet. The girl did call her mother in the middle of the night, begging her to come pick her up. Finding this out, Boydstun asked the girl if she was trying to get him in trouble.

Hill said the girl’s testimony negates any idea that this could have been an accident. “We would ask that bond remain the same. Should the court reduce bond, however, we would ask that it not be lower than $250,000,” said Hill.

Hill pointed out that Boydstun can receive medication while in jail custody.

“He is certainly a danger to himself given his suicide attempt in the jail. I don't make light of his medical condition in the slightest, but his condition was not debilitating until he was taken into custody,” said Hill, who requested a no contact order be issued.

Gore said because the charges carry up to a life sentence, the defendant is not automatically entitled to bond. She decreased bond to $150,000 and ordered that Boydstun have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 16.

“I empathize with his medical condition but, for the purpose of bond setting, it did not prevent him from doing this act,” said Gore, who said an ankle monitor would be considered should Boydstun post bond.