TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A Blanchard man charged with rape took a plea during his first day of trial this week.
Brandon Louis Wasland, 35, was charged after a woman accused him of sexual assault at a local float resort.
According to court records, Wasland pleaded guilty, and his charges were amended to assault and battery with intent to commit a felony.
The probable cause affidavit alleges Wasland sexually assaulted the woman in his tent at War Eagle Resort in May 2018. The victim told investigators Wasland provided her alcohol while the two were in his tent, and she began to feel ill. She said she fell asleep and awoke to find Wasland on top of her and pulling down her pants and underwear.
The victim was in and out of consciousness during the assault and tried to fight him off, but he restrained her. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examination was conducted at the hospital. Observation of scrapes to her arms, neck, legs and vagina were documented.
The day after the assault, McClain County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. David Tompkins and Grand River Dam Authority Investigator Lissa Kennedy arrived at Wasland's residence with a signed nighttime search warrant for the tent, bedding, clothing and a cell phone.
Wasland was interviewed and told investigators he and the woman had consensual sex in his tent the night before at the resort. He admitted he gave the woman alcohol prior to the sex act.
According to the affidavit, Wasland said the woman had abrasions because she asked him to go "harder" and told him she "liked it rough."
A warrant was issued June 14, 2018, and Wasland was taken into custody June 27. He was charged with first-degree rape and pleaded not guilty.
He is represented by Oklahoma City attorney Dustin S. Phillips, and Eric M. Jordan is listed as the prosecutor.
Wasland is scheduled back in court Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. before District Court Judge Douglas Kirkley for sentencing.