The Edmond Sun

August 19, 2011

Former OSU coach’s drug charges dropped

By Anita Pere
CNHI News Service

STILLWATER — Drug charges against former Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton were dismissed and expunged this week, Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee said Friday.

Sutton, 42, completed all the conditions of his three-year deferred sentence handed down Aug. 13, 2010, Lee said. When a defendant receives a deferred sentence, it means the case could be dismissed and his court records expunged — or erased — if he abides by the conditions of his sentencing.

It’s not uncommon for deferred sentencing cases to be dismissed early, Lee said.

Sutton’s arrest record is still on file with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Lee said.

Sutton appeared in court on a regular felony docket Wednesday before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, Lee said. Felony dockets are heard Fridays, but this week’s docket was rescheduled because the judge would not be available today.

Sutton withdrew his guilty plea Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty. The case was then dismissed.

In August 2010, Kistler sentenced Sutton to perform 100 hours of community service, continue drug counseling and pay a $2,500 fine, a $100 victim’s compensation assessment, $100 to the District Attorney Drug Fund and other fees. At that time, he was scheduled to return to court in August 2013.

Sutton completed all requirements, Lee said. Sutton performed most of his community service hours speaking at substance abuse classes, Lee said.

His drug counselor reported Sutton was highly successful in drug therapy, Lee said.

Sutton was charged in February 2010 with obtaining controlled and dangerous substance Oxycodone by fraud, unlawful possession of controlled and dangerous substance Oxycodone, attempted possession of controlled dangerous substances Adderall and Clonazapam and use of a communication facility to facilitate a felony.

He checked into a drug treatment facility in Utah later that month and stayed more than three months.

Sutton’s attorney Trace Morgan said Friday he believes Sutton is glad the judge decided to let him “move on with his life.”

“I think Sean has worked hard to do everything he was asked to do ... it’s been a long, hard road,” Morgan said.

Sutton is now an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

Sutton was an OSU men’s basketball assistant coach under his father, Eddie Sutton, for 13 years. He was the head coach for two seasons before resigning in 2008.

ANITA PERE writes for the Stillwater NewsPress.