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Former Mena resident charged with rape of a minor

A former Mena, Polk County resident, Richard Ray Bagwell (22), (aka Richard Ray Bagwell, Jr.) has been arrested by the Tulsa Police Department. 

Bagwell, who currently resides Tulsa, was arrested May 10, 2022, on charges of rape – second degree, in violation of 21 O.S. 1114 (Eds. Title 21 of O.S. Oklahoma Statute 1114); lewd molestation, in violation of 21 O.S. 1123(A);  and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in violation of 21 O.S. 856. All three offenses were reported as occurring on Feb. 13, 2022.

Bagwell went before special judge David Guten in Tulsa County District Court on May 12 for a bond hearing (No. CF-2022-1650, filed May 4).

Bagwell’s bond has been set at $50,000 aggregate. Bagwell was remanded to custody.

His arraignment hearing occurred May 16 before special judge Rodney Sparkman. According to Oklahoma State Courts Network, Bagwell was not present, but remained in custody. 

The public defender was appointed as the defendant’s counsel. The reading of the information and further time to plead was waived. The defendant entered a plea of “not guilty.”

The preliminary hearing is set for June 27 at 9 a.m.

The 15-year-old girl accusing Bagwell of the Feb. 13 events is reported to be from Arkansas. Sources close to Bagwell verified that the accuser is neither a Sevier County woman who has a court Order of Protection against Bagwell since October 2020, nor a second woman who filed a petition against Bagwell for an Order of Protection in January 2022 with the Montgomery County court.

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