Teen Has Nightmares of Assault

By Mark A. Hutchison
Daily Oklahoman [Oklahoma City, OK]
February 11, 2000

Chandler - A Meeker teen-ager testified Thursday she has nightmares about a retired Lincoln County judge convicted in 1998 of assaulting her.

The bad dreams started last year when the 14-year-old saw Robert Foster on three occasions, she said. The girl thinks Foster was stalking her, even though he was ordered to stay away as part of his sentence.

"When I'm asleep, sometimes I have dreams about Mr. Foster standing over my bed. Dreams that he's gonna try and take me," she said.

District Attorney Kay Christiansen is trying to revoke the five-year deferred sentence that Foster received after pleading no contest to a count of assault with intent to procure lewd and indecent photographs of a minor child.

A deferred sentence means the conviction would be expunged after the five-year period if there are no other violations.

He first was charged in 1997 with lewd molestation and procuring lewd exhibition of a minor. Prosecutors said he tried to coax the girl, then 12, into letting him photograph her breasts.

The incident occurred in April 1997, while the girl and her younger sister were spending the night at Foster's house. The girls know him from church, where he was a deacon.

As part of his sentence, Foster, 74, agreed not to contact the girl or her family. But Christiansen alleges Foster violated his probation by driving by and looking at the girl three times last year.

The first occasion was Feb. 1, 1999, outside the Chandler field house. The girl testified she and her father were leaving the gym when she saw Foster drive slowly in front of them, almost stopping, before driving away.

The girl's father testified he got angry when he saw Foster.

The girl testified she saw Foster slowly drive by her home June 30 while she was in her bedroom talking on the phone to a teacher. She made eye contact with him and told the teacher who it was, she said.

Finally, the girl testified she saw Foster slowly drive by her softball game three times Sept. 13. Each time, she made eye contact with him, she said.

Foster's attorney, Larry Lenora, picked away at the girl's story, getting her to concede that Foster never stopped his car and never spoke or gestured to her when she saw him.

Foster served as Lincoln County judge from 1951 until 1969, and then as an associate district judge until 1985. He refused comment Thursday.

The hearing will resume March 2. The assault charge could remain on Foster's record indefinitely and he could receive jail time if he's found guilty of violating his probation.


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