MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 4, 2013

Sex abuse case plea deal in works

Defendant would receive 15-year probation, no prison time

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Muskogee man charged with multiple sex crimes against a child plans to enter a plea to the charges next week, his attorney said.

The charges against Shane Clive Boyd, 36, are:

• Child sexual abuse.

• Lewd molestation.

• Lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16.

• Incest.

Boyd waived his preliminary hearing Thursday.

All four alleged crimes are felonies. An affidavit in the case states Boyd traded meth and prescription drugs to the child in exchange for sexual favors.

Court documents show that Boyd is accused of committing the acts against a family member between Sept. 23, 2009, and Sept. 19, 2012. He’s been held on $250,000 bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Center since his arrest Nov. 7, 2012.

Boyd, his head shaved and his arms and neck heavily tattooed, appeared Thursday in Special District Judge Robin Adair’s courtroom, where he spoke with his attorney, Heather Hilfiger.

Boyd was combative with Hilfiger at first — she told him she was going to waive his preliminary hearing after he told her he “didn’t want to take the deal” that the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office had offered. Hilfiger told Boyd she was going to seek a competency evaluation.

When Boyd asked her: “Are you serious? Why?” Hilfiger replied, “Because I don’t think you understand what’s happening here.”

Boyd then told Hilfiger that he wanted to just “take the deal, then.”

Boyd will return to court Tuesday to offer his plea.

Assistant District Attorney Tim King said the deal would be for a 15-year suspended sentence. Boyd would serve no prison time unless he violates the law during his probation.

Online court records show a January court date for Boyd was passed and set for Thursday at the state’s request. King said it can be difficult sometimes to get victims of sex crimes to testify in court.

“The allegations that we made are serious,” King said. “And what (the alleged victim) said in her forensic interview is very serious. But if we can’t get them to the point where they’re comfortable testifying, it’s better than it being dismissed and there being no consequence.”

Should Boyd accept the deal, he’ll be required be required to follow sex offender rules during his probation, King said.  

Boyd has a criminal history back to Feb. 28, 1995, when he was convicted of use of a weapon during commission of a felony and first-degree burglary.

He’s been convicted three other times:

• Dec. 17, 1998, for grand larceny.

• Nov. 3, 2000, for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and felonious possession of a firearm.

• March 6, 2012, for falsely personate to create liability.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.