Child victim relives alleged molestation during testimony

A Cleveland County man received a 10-year prison sentence Wednesday after exposing himself to four underage girls in 2018.

George Easterling Jr., 53, was arrested in September 2018 on charges of indecent exposure. He pled guilty in October 2019 in front of Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.

According to the court affidavit, Easterling exposed himself to the underage girls around lunch time on Sept. 24, 2018 at the Chick-fil-A on Main Street in Norman. Easterling parked his car next to the girls in the restaurant parking lot, called for the girls' attention while he was in the vehicle, exposed his penis and performed a sex act on himself before the girls could drive away from the parking lot.

The girls used their cellphones to record Easterling during the incident and took pictures of his license plate as they left the parking lot, which helped lead to his arrest, court records show.

Easterling was sentenced to a 10-year split sentence, with four years in prison time and six years of probation. Easterling will be expected to attend counseling and therapy as a part of his probation, and will have to register as a sex offender for his six years of probation and an additional 15 years after his probation is over.

Balkman expressed sympathy for Easterling's family, but said the incident was unacceptable.

“We've heard the effect [your actions] have had on many people, especially the four high school students who were exposed to this trauma,” Balkman said during the sentencing. “I have no doubt that you recognize the gravity of your behavior, but I'm here to tell you that your behavior is disgusting, it's indecent. There's no place for that behavior in this community, and that it is worthy of punishment.”

One of the victims and her father were present during the sentencing, and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Austin read a letter from the victim during the proceedings.

“While the incident could've been much worse, the emotional impact of it has been more than I thought it would be,” the letter stated. “It is difficult to go to Chick-fil-A or Freddie's without remembering the incident, and the thoughts make me very emotional and nervous. It causes me anxiety and has made me far less trusting of men I don't know.”

Adam Banner, Easterling's attorney, declined to comment on the ruling.

Austin said she was satisfied with the ruling and believed it was appropriate. The victim's father said he was also satisfied with the ruling.

“The DA's office did a great job with it, along with the police department and everybody that worked [this case]," he said after the sentencing."It's a bad situation. I feel sorry for his family, but he didn't think about his family before he did it. We're definitely satisfied with Judge Balkman's ruling.”

Jesse Crittenden

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jcrittenden@normantranscript.com

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