Melton charged with perjury in deputy’s trial

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Mar 21, 2013 - 8:34:34 AM

An arrest warrant was filed Friday for 25-year old Sara Elizabeth Melton, of Ringling for perjury during a preliminary hearing in 2011. Melton alleged a former Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputy had sexually assaulted her during a 2010 traffic stop. Her bond was set at $10,000.
The former deputy was found not guilty on all charges during a June 2012 trial.
Melton was one of several victims to make sexual assault allegations against a former deputy, and she claimed sexual battery, kidnapping and second-degree rape by instrumentation. Those charges were dismissed in the midst of the ensuing trial.
According to the probable cause affidavit, during testimony given at preliminary hearing Melton alleged the former deputy “pulled her pants down and her shirt up.”
Prior to trial, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) agent, Robert Williams learned recorded jailhouse telephone calls between Melton and her incarcerated husband, were inconsistent with testimony given by Melton at the deputy’s preliminary hearing, which concluded with the deputy being bound over for trial.
The affidavit states Melton told Williams, that her mother-in-law, “Teresa Tiger forced Melton to embellish her story to make it sound worse than what it was to assist in a lawsuit.”
“To lie about details that didn’t happen just to get money, it’s scary that people would do that. That a human life is not important to them,” said the former deputy after acquittal.
Perjury carries up to 10 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.