Ponca City man convicted of raping infant

October 29, 2019 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — Thomas Jay Wells, 25, Ponca City, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 20 years suspended, by Judge David Bandy, after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a plea of no contest in Kay County District Court to felony counts of first degree rape and child neglect.

Wells is now convicted of raping a 10-month old child. He was arrested by Ponca City police at his apartment in the 1500 block of east Bradley on Sept. 22, 2018.

Thomas Jay Wells

In the affidavit PCPD reports Wells allegedly raped the child on Sept. 21. The child was taken to Blackwell hospital and later transferred to OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Police interviewed Wells, who is said to have admitted that the child sustained injuries while under his care.

Ponca Police Det. Sgt. Brian Dye reported Wells gave several different reasons for the injuries including saying the child slipped while in the bath and fell onto a drain.

He did not, though, admit to sexually assaulting the child. Wells also reportedly stated the child fell out of a crib and had constipation. Doctors report they believed the child’s injuries were caused by sexual abuse and not a fall. Police searched the residence and reported finding a pair of shorts belonging to Wells that were collected as evidence.
Wells, according to information available online, has previously lived in Winfield and Ark City. He also attended schools in Newkirk and Ark City.
The crime is an 85 percent crime so he will have to serve 17 years of the 20 years and the court ordered no credit for time served.
Upon release he will have to register as a sex offender.

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