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June 16, 2007

Cleveland County jury trials set to begin Monday

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

A jury docket beginning Monday in Cleveland County District Court includes the trials of a Moore man accused of raping a 15-year-old boy; an Oklahoma City man accused of operating a cockfighting operation in northeast Cleveland County; and an El Paso man accused of trafficking in marijuana.

Officials in the court clerk’s office said 900 potential jurors have been summoned to report for potential jury duty for the docket, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday and last two weeks.

All cases not tried the first day will be called for trial on each succeeding day until all cases have been considered and disposition made, officials said.

Currently scheduled among the felonies on this docket:

Charles Swender, 42, charged with second-degree rape; forcible sodomy; lewd molestation; and possession of a controlled drug.

Swender and Paul Stephen Hull, 54, a teacher at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, were charged May 10, 2006, after four foster children were taken from Hull’s custody. One of the children, a 15-year-old boy, said he was raped and forced to perform other sexual acts while living at Hull’s residence in the 1200 block of Southwest 93rd. Swender was reported to be Hull’s “boyfriend,” police said.

Several video tapes and other materials were taken in a search of Hull’s residence and turned over to forensic investigators. A white powder identified as methamphetamine, liquid-filled syringes and other drug-related materials also were found in the home, police said.

Hull recently pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree rape; two counts of forcible sodomy; second-degree rape; lewd molestation; and possession of a controlled drug; and his sentencing is set for 9 a.m. July 16.

Also on the docket, Adrian Rodriguez Gaona, 33, Oklahoma City was arrested June 7, 2006, when police reportedly busted a cockfighting operation in the 18000 block of Southeast 149th. Police said they confiscated 61 live gamecocks or fighting chickens, 31 knife-sharp, metal fighting gaffs; several practice gaffs and large amounts of bird medication and syringes.

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