Rape trialfor formerteacher set

By Mary O.Esparza - mesparza@civitasmedia.com


A hearing date has been slated for a former teacher accused of raping a female student.

According to court documents, a hearing for former Tipton Public Schools employee Ramon A. Lora, 37, has been set for 1 p.m. Aug. 18 in the district court of Jackson County.

Lora was charged with second degree rape and forcible sodomy against a 14-year-old female student. Police said the alleged incidents were committed in several jurisdictions across Altus, Jackson County and Tillman County.

Lora was the Tipton softball coach and the victim was enrolled in the softball program, police said.

According to the affidavit, the victim disclosed that she had been sexually involved with the defendant since Dec. 5, 2014, and that they first had sexual intercourse. The victim said the incident had first occurred at the defendant’s residence on N. Howse Street in the Altus.

The affidavit describes several sexual incidents and alleges the defendant told the victim multiple times “not to say anything.” The victim said the incidents happened “a lot” of times, with most at defendant’s residence and two in the defendant’s vehicle — one of which on a dirt road in Jackson County.

The victim also said the defendant that the gave her pills and told her to take them. She believed the pills to be birth control, however she claimed she never took them because she didn’t like swallowing pills. The victim said the defendant gave her a drink made from a powder and water, and wanted her to drink it.

According to the affidavit, the defendant allegedly told the victim that he paid $300 for the pills from the Dominican Republic that were shipped to Boston and then to Altus. The victim said the defendant had told her “it was like a tea drink” and “it would make my period come faster.”

Victim also said the defendant gave her a pregnancy test and asked her to take it while at the weight room in Tipton.

The consent to search and property receipt forms were also signed at the time of the interview and the victim’s cellphone was taken for possession.

An officer found text messages with correspondence between the victim and the defendant, as well as a photo which was taken in front of a Tom Brady athletic jersey which is hanging at the defendant’s residence.

Law enforcement officers from the Altus Police Department and the District III Drug and Violent Crime Task Force served a search warrant on the defendant’s residence.

The affidavit said that victim’s description of the inside of the defendant’s residence included details that could only be provided by a person who had been inside.

The report said an arrest warrant was issued based on the evidence collected during the course of the investigation and the statements provided by the victim.

Lora could not be found in Oklahoma and eventually was arrested in Boston, where he waived extradition at a hearing. Authorities then coordinated transportation for him from the Suffolk County jail in Boston to Jackson County.


By Mary O.Esparza


Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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