Just a day after city officials reassigned the Ardmore police corporal who has served as the longtime school resource officer at Ardmore City Schools pending an investigation into his Wagoner County deferred prosecution case that charged him with sex crimes, the reassignment became permanent.
City Manager J.D. Spohn said Friday Cpl. Barry Antwine was being reassigned to the patrol division and would not be returning to Ardmore High School and Ardmore Middle School.
“He (Antwine) will be on the streets as of Monday,” Spohn said, adding applications will be opened for school resource officer slot within Ardmore Police Department. “Officers who are interested in being a school resource officer will have the opportunity to apply.”
Classes resume at Ardmore City Schools Wednesday. Spohn said he didn’t know how long it would take to select a new school resource officer from the APD ranks.
Friday afternoon ACS Superintendent Sonny Bates issued the following statement:
Three years ago, Ardmore City Schools was the recipient of a grant to fund a district school resource officer. Corporal Barry Antwine was the officer assigned to the district for this position by the Ardmore Police Department. When I became superintendent two years ago, I met Corporal Antwine as he was beginning his second year of the three year grant period. During his three years as the district’s school resource officer, he has provided the district with excellent and professional service to our students and our staff. He has also built positive relationships with students and their families. If the Ardmore Police Department determines that Corporal Antwine should be reassigned, I am confident that they will provide us with another outstanding officer to serve as our school resource officer.”
Spohn confirmed interim Police Chief Capt. Kevin Norris recommended reassignment pending an investigation Thursday after city officials were provided documentation about the 1997 Wagnoner County District Court case. Antwine, who was reportedly 18 at the time, admitted to police he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl. The incident occurred in a classroom at the high school where he and the victim were students. A warrant was issued for his arrest and charges filed.
However, in an agreement with prosecutors he agreed to waive his rights, including the statute of limitations attached to the crimes, in exchange for deferred prosecution. Antwine was not convicted, but a number of stipulations were imposed. Antwine signed documents acknowledging he understood if he violated the stipulations the district attorney could “file criminal charges ...”
Antwine was hired by APD in 2001. City officials said Thursday they were unaware of the deferred prosecution.
But Spohn said Thursday an initial review of Antwine’s application, “As far as we can tell he answered all the questions on the APD application honestly and an OSBI background check was successfully processed.”