No bond for accused kidnapper

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DURANT, Okla. --A Durant family says they'll sleep better at night, knowing the man accused of kidnapping a family member is behind bars. A judge did not allow Calvin Sterling a chance to be back on the streets until his court date.

Police say the family was considering moving out of Durant, fearing for their safety. Wednesday’s decision helped put their minds at ease at least for now.

As Calvin Sterling walks back into jail, it means relief for a family afraid in their own home when he was out on bond just days ago.

"Over the last several weeks they haven't had any peace,” said Lt. Johnny Rutherford, with the Durant police department. “They've been scared, they've not been sleeping, they've requested patrol cars driving by their house."

Family members sat holding hands in support in the courtroom, as Sterling waited for his arraignment. They were ready to testify why they thought he should not receive bond, but did not take the stand.

Sterling's attorney chose not to contest the issue.

"He was not a good candidate for bond and they alleged victim's safety could not be insured unless he was behind bars," said Emily Redman, Bryan County district attorney.

Police say in September he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and took her to Denton, Texas, but was released on bond for $20,000.

Police say Sterling would call his ex-girlfriend, then kidnapped her again Tuesday, taking her to Tishomingo.

"Maybe they can have some peace to know that this suspect is not out there, attempting to break into their trailer, take one of them hostage," Rutherford said.

Wednesday afternoon, peace came in the form of the accused secure in jail until he can be tried in court.

Sterling was charged with kidnapping, sodomy, and violating a protective order. He could face charges of sexual assault in Johnston County. His next court date in Bryan County is scheduled for October 31st.

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  • by Anonymous Location: okc on Oct 19, 2007 at 06:37 PM
    i know calvin...and i still love you. nobody knows the dynamics of that relationship...
  • by A Mother Location: Madill Ok on Oct 19, 2007 at 03:53 PM
    As parents we can talk to our kids until we are blue in the face, no matter how you raise them they are going to do what they want to do. Both parents are hurting. I send my prayers to both of the families going through this.
  • by angry Location: marietta on Oct 19, 2007 at 11:12 AM
    I can not believe some of the comments made about this girl. She is child,a frightened child!!! It does not matter who she is or what she had done, NO means NO. She was raped by this so called man, does that not mean anything to anyone that is making these comments. We were not in the room when he took her, we do not know what he said to her to make her go with him. I believe he should get whats coming to him and then some. No one knows how they would react to the situtation unless they were put in the same position. I am ashamed for these people that feel they have the right to judge her. I thought the world had evolved past this type of judgement against women. I guess I was wrong. I also can not understand how anyone would this that this is a racial issue.
  • by Stacy Location: Durant on Oct 19, 2007 at 07:54 AM
    When he entered her room, he told her he would kill her if she made a noise. She cooperated with him for her own safety until she could get away. Put yourself in her situation. She is a senior in high school. No one can say what they would do in that situation until they are faced with it. I can't believe so many are judging the girl. Sure she might not have made some good decisions but that doesn't mean she deserved to be raped!! There are some heartless people commenting on this page!
  • by confused Location: denison on Oct 18, 2007 at 03:11 PM
    My question is this: Why was he not charged in Federal Court on the first kidnapping since she was transported across the state line. If this was my child I would be screaming bloody murder to get him out of bryan county jail and somewhere that would ensure that he would stay behind bars.
  • by Anonymous Location: OK on Oct 18, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    It has a lot to do with who raised him. Your raising is what makes you who you are and the whole thing does sound fishy. Im not sure it was kidnapping at all. The girl didnt even try to yell for help or run or anything while they were in the house or in the abadoned house. And WHO was the friend that picked them up and took them to Tish? Isn't that aiding in a crime? Oh well his life is obviously gone
  • by caring! Location: Marietta on Oct 18, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    first of all...i know the guy and girl from this story. some of you are right about both of them. the girl, shouldnt have been answering his calls or communicating with him in anyway, if she was really all that scared of him. he should of just left her alone, i mean he got a brake for his first kidknapping, and then again. but for him to come through her window..i mean you all seen the house on the news, there had to have been some room close to this young girl that should could have yelled and some one would have heard her. This whole thing is kinda fishy...and for those that are blaming his mom...he is a grown man, he can make his own decisions. but this is his fault but at the same time it is her fault. when they first broke up she should have ignored anything that had to do with him. is there even any sign of this girl trying to hurt get away from either attemp of kidknapping? if not then in my wasnt kidknapping. SHE WENT WITH HIM!
  • by Stacey Location: Calera on Oct 18, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    A girl has been terrified by her ex-boyfriend, kidnapped and raped and all you people can talk about is RACE? Sad, sad world we live in today!
  • by A Friend Location: M OK on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    I know Calvin. We used to be friends. The girl isnt whit efor one shes hispanic and two stop saying race. Calvin has just lost it. Ppl do lose it sometimes no matter what their race is. It's sad
  • by That Smart Non-Judgmental Girl Location: Bryan County on Oct 18, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    Unknown: You really have no idea what you are talking about. Do you know this girl? Do you know that she couldn't possibly be an insecure white girl because she isn't white. Get a clue before you start judging people!!!!!!!!!!
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