Harris pleads guilty to rape, kidnapping

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Christopher B. Harris

Sentencing is scheduled in late August for a 28-year-old Pawhuska man who recently pleaded guilty in Osage County District Court to the rape and kidnapping of a former girlfriend in April 2013.

Christopher Beatty Harris entered guilty pleas June 20 to one count of first-degree rape and one kidnapping charge involving a 25-year-old Pawhuska woman. He reportedly agreed to a five-year prison term in addition to a 15-year suspended sentence.

As part of a plea-bargain agreement, state prosecutors dismissed five additional charges of rape and domestic assault and battery that had been filed against Harris as a result of a series of incidents that occurred April 13, 2013.

District Judge M. John Kane accepted the guilty pleas and scheduled Harris’ sentencing for June 25. Last Wednesday, however, the attorney for Harris requested and received a continuance in the matter until a pre-sentencing investigation can be completed by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Sentencing is now set Aug. 29 for Harris, who has been jailed in lieu of $220,000 bond since three months after he was ordered to stand trial on multiple charges of rape and kidnapping following a September preliminary hearing.

Harris had remained free on $110,000 bond until he failed to make a court appearance in connection with a ruling by Special Judge Stuart Tate which allowed him to work in Tulsa while awaiting trial.

In a June 10 letter to Kane, Harris denied the allegations against him while stating that the situation had caused him to lose “all friends, family, reputation and career.” He also asked the judge if his case could be “settled through a deal.”

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