COURT COVERAGE: Convicted rapist’s hearing postponed

By Courtney Brown

The case of a Stillwater man who was charged with first-degree rape in July 2010 was reset to Nov. 8.

John Kennedy Onyango was expected to make a motion for a new trial Friday, but his attorney, Royce Hobbs, was out of town.

Onyango was found guilty of first-degree rape on July 10, according to the Oklahoma State Courts Network. The trial was overseen by Judge Phillip Corley.

On July 30, 2010, Stillwater police officer Aaron Lowe investigated a report of sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl. The victim told her mother Onyango had sexually abused her when she stayed with him and his wife, Shola, while her mother was on vacation.

On Aug. 4, 2010, child forensic interviewer Vicki Boan interviewed the victim, according to an affidavit. The victim told Vicki that Onyango took her to his room, removed both their clothes, and raped her.

On Aug. 5, 2010, Sgt. Jeff Watts of Stillwater interviewed Onyago. Onyango said the victim and her brother stayed at his house July 8, 2010. The affidavit said Shola worked an overnight shift that night, leaving Onyango at home with the victim and her brother.

Onyango said he did enter the room where the victim was sleeping that night. He said the victim was crying for her mom and he held her.

Onyango denied any sexual contact with the victim, according to the affidavit.

On Aug. 6, 2010, Watts interviewed Onyango’s wife, Shola. She confirmed that she worked an overnight shift on July 8, 2010, and that John was at the house with the children that night, according to the affidavit.

On Aug. 11, 2010, pediatric sexual assault nurse Devin Elliott examined the victim. The affidavit said there were signs of genital trauma in Elliott’s report.

Onyango’s hearing is set for Judge Corley’s 9 a.m. docket on Nov. 8.