Ex-Tahlequah officer charged with rape accepts plea deal
BY TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Friday, January 02, 2009
WAGONER — A former police officer charged with raping a high-school girl has avoided a trial and possible jail time by accepting a deal with prosecutors.
David Finch, 37, of Tahlequah, who was charged with one count of second-degree rape entered a no-contest plea last week in return for a five-year suspended sentence and probation, according to Wagoner County District Court records.
As part of the terms, Finch, a former Wagoner police officer, will also undergo counseling, records show. A community sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 18.
Finch had previously pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial, records show.
Finch was charged in December 2007 for an alleged assault involving a 16-year-old student.