A Purcell police officer charged in McClain County District Court with sexual battery remains on the city’s payroll.
City manager Dale Bunn confirmed Jason Baca Sr.,’s employment status, noting the officer hasn’t been convicted of a crime.
The Purcell Police Department requested assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in August after a woman reported the alleged incident.
Capt. James Bolling said the department is also conducting a separate administrative investigation of Baca.
According to court records, Baca, 41, had a probable cause arraignment on October 8, at which bond was set at $50,000.
Baca was ordered to contact Court-Related Services within 24 hours of posting bond.
Instead of doing that, however, he went to Florida. On October 9, he called in and said he would be back in Oklahoma the following week.
His bond was revoked and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
On October 15, prosecutors filed the sexual battery charge. In an initial appearance, Baca’s bond was reinstated and a preliminary hearing conference was scheduled for 9 a.m. November 18.
An OSBI agent’s affidavit asserts the alleged sexual assault on a 37-year-old woman occurred at Purcell Lake between 3 and 3:30 a.m. on August 13.
The woman told the agent she met Baca in April when he responded to a call in which she was involved.
She didn’t see him again until after midnight on August 13.
Around 1 a.m., a police car pulled onto the side road where she was talking with friends. Baca approached her and they visited for about 45 minutes.
During that conversation, he reportedly told her he was attracted to her when they met in the spring, but he couldn’t say anything then because his body camera was on.
The woman said their conversation made her uncomfortable.
Baca left, but returned around 3 a.m., blocking her exit with his patrol car.
When the woman exited her car, Baca allegedly began to kiss and fondle her, ignoring the woman’s repeated statements to stop, according to the affidavit.
The officer denied the allegation when he was interviewed on August 17. He said the woman flirted with him and he pointed out he was married.
Between August 14 and September 30, OSBI agents heard similar stories about Baca from three other women.