Coke Douglas Makerney, 48, former Police Chief of Sawyer, Oklahoma has admitted in federal court in Muskogee, OK to the rape of a female driver after pulling her over in a traffic stop.
The incident was alleged to have occurred on May 25, 2007 at an intersection near Sawyer, OK.
On November 7th, Makerney was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law and Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony. The charges were based on allegations that Makerney, then Police Chief of Sawyer, Oklahoma, while acting under color of law, and while carrying a firearm, allegedly sexually assaulted a female motorist depriving her of her rights and privileges which are protected and secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States. This alleged assault involved aggravated sexual abuse or attempted aggravated sexual abuse and resulted in bodily injury.
On November 29th, Makerney entered his guilty plea before Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee.
The charges against Makerney were the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office.
The statutory range of punishment is up to life imprisonment and/or up to $250,000.00 in fines and 5 years of supervised release. It is expected that Makerney will be sentenced to 70 – 87 months in federal prison.
Following his guilty plea, Makerney who had been under house arrest, was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals to await formal sentencing.
Makerney was the first Police Chief of Sawyer, Oklahoma having been appointed in 2003. If the folks in Sawyer have any sense at all they will insure that Makerney is their last Police Chief.
A rural town with an estimated population of 275 and covering about 4 and a half square miles probably does not have much need for a police department, unless the town’s leaders are looking to operate a speed trap or in Chief Makerney’s case, a “motorist rape trap”.
In either case the folks in Sawyer, Oklahoma are likely to get a harsh lesson in just how expensive it can get when you have a chief of police who spends part of his time doubling as the town rapist…