Woman found dead, man facing charges after 17-year-old Oklahoma girl with autism allegedly raped

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman has been found dead and a man is facing charges in a rape case involving a 17-year-old girl with autism.

"In March of this year, police were notified of a sexual assault case. It was a 17-year-old autistic girl,” said Travis Vernier with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

According to the police report, it started when the victim’s grandmother noticed physical changes with her granddaughter, including a staph infection and cigarette burn on her upper thigh.

"The girl did have injuries, and she was taken to a local hospital for those injuries,” Vernier said.

At the hospital, doctors determined the girl had an infection likely caused by the sexual abuse.

She told her grandmother, who has custody of her, at the apartment, where she previously lived, 33-year-old Johnny Samples “put his private in my private. He made me hurt and bleed in my private.”

The victim told her grandmother 39-year-old Joanna Cortez knew about the incident, told Samples to stop but never called police.

Also, Samples told the victim not to tell, because she would go to jail.

"She was coerced into essentially remaining silent,” Vernier said.

According to the police report, it happened several times over a two-year-period.

Earlier this week, officers served two warrants.

"An officer, on Tuesday, began to develop information that led him to the whereabouts of Mr. Samples,” Vernier said.

Samples faces a lewd act with a child under 14 charge.

Officers also tracked down Cortez and arrested her for enabling child sex abuse.

She was reportedly found unresponsive in her cell on Thursday.