Former Wewoka Middle School Principal Arrested After Student Reports Assault


WEWOKA — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating multiple charges against the former principal of Wewoka Middle School, sources confirmed Friday.

“We are investigating allegations made by several victims,” an OBSI spokeswoman said Friday.

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Cody Barlow, 33, was arrested Thursday at his home in Wewoka after a student accused him of sexual assault, OBSI said in a news release Thursday. He has been on leave since October 12.

He has not yet been charged. Seminole County District Attorney Paul Smith said he was likely to recuse his office from any decision on the prosecution. “We have people in the office who are related to witnesses and/or potential victims,” the prosecutor explained.

The prosecutor also said he was aware of a clear allegation. “The others are questionable circumstances,” Smith added. ” We will see. He is presumed innocent.

OBSI said in the statement that it began investigating Barlow at the request of the district attorney after being informed that a student had been assaulted in the principal’s office in September.

“The male child has reported to authorities that Barlow had inappropriate contact with him on multiple occasions this school year,” OBSI said. “The behavior escalated in September.”

Barlow, a married father, became a teacher at Wewoka in 2013 and principal in 2020, records show. Barlow also worked with children at First Baptist Church in Wewoka. OBSI said he was a youth pastor.

He was released from prison. His defense attorney could not be reached for comment on Friday.

In the statement, OBSI asked to be contacted “if you believe your child has had inappropriate contact with Barlow.” The number of potential victims is 6 to 10, sources said.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Former Wewoka Middle School Principal Arrested


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