Convicted sex offender, accused rapist free on bond

September 5, 2019 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — Convicted sex offender and now accused rapist, Samuel Wayne Bufford, 44, is free on bond.

Bufford, who was convicted on July 8, 2013 of a felony charge of sodomy to a victim under the age of 16, is now facing felony charges of first degree rape of a child under the age of 14 and lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16. (See story)

In 2013 Bufford was accused by a 13-year-old of driving her to Lake Ponca and sexually assaulting her for an hour. Deputy Mike Landis interviewed Bufford and reports that he admitted to touching the teen but that she made him do it. After he was arrested, he reportedly stated that he was ashamed of what he did but that he got caught up in the moment. Bufford was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but six months in the county jail suspended. An application to revoke the suspended sentence was filed with the new charges on July 31, 2019.

Bufford was jailed on the charges on Aug. 14 and held on $300,000 bond.
Amended information was filed in the case on Aug. 21 and David Wilkie agreed to reduce bond to $125,000 in the new case and $25,000 in the 2013 case, despite objections from the district attorney’s office.

On Aug. 26, Bufford was released on $125,000 bond with the conditions he have no contact with the victims, maintain counsel and wear a GPS monitoring bracelet. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 10.

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