UPDATE: On Oct. 31, 2016 Hixson pleaded 'no contest' to two counts of soliciting prostitution and was given a one-year deferred sentence. You can read the updated article at this link.
9/30/2016 (updated 11/3/2016) - Yukon, OK -- Lets face it, nobody likes lawyers until you need one. But, every now and then a lawyer comes along that was most likely the inspiration for every unflattering lawyer joke you've ever heard.
The city of Yukon has such a lawyer and his name is Wendall 'Mark' Hixson.
If the recently filed criminal charges against 49-year-old Hixson are correct, his business card should probably read... "Mark Hixson Attorney at Law. I take cash, credit cards and sexual favors."
According to a publicly available probable cause affidavit; Hixson, married with kids, was actively soliciting sex in exchange for legal services with at least one of his female clients.
Full disclosure (something local media outlets neglected to do); before you go thinking Hixson was preying on some down on her luck soccer mom, think again.
This whole thing started on Aug. 8, after members of the El Reno Police Dept. were called to a home in the 200 block of W. Underwood in regard to a domestic disturbance.
The female half of the disturbance is publicly identified as Sissy Shea Roach, 25. The male half is not identified in the probable cause affidavit.
Police asked to search Roach's mobile phone to corroborate her version of events regarding the domestic disturbance.
However, while investigators were "searching" Roach's phone (code word for "we were taking the opportunity to snoop around") an interesting text was received from someone the detective knew was a local lawyer in the area...
After transporting Roach to the El Reno Police Department, a detective asked Roach if they could again have permission to search her phone - to which she said 'yes.'
Detectives note that while some of the texts between Hixson and Roach were regarding legal matters, "the majority was flirtatious in nature."
Public records show that Roach is a convicted felon with an extensive adult criminal record that started in 2010, when Roach was only 19-years-old. Roach was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of CDS (marijuana) and drug paraphernalia. It is during the course of this case that Roach apparently met Hixson. Court records show that Hixson became Roach's defense attorney in May of 2012 after the court appointed him as Roach's indigent defense counsel. Roach would have been 21-years old at the time.
In May of 2012 Roach was criminally charged again - this time for the more serious crime of felony possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Hixson was assigned to Roach's indigent defense in that criminal case too.
In Sept. of 2012, while attending drug court, Roach was arrested again and subsequently charged with possession of CDS within a county jail.
And, once again, Hixson was assigned as her public defender.
In April of this year, both of Roach's 2012 criminal cases ended with deferred sentences after she successfully completed drug court.
Apparently Roach's contact with Hixson didn't end there, as detectives noted, on July 3, 2016 "at Hixson's request, Roach sent a picture of herself to Hixson." Hixson replied by text stating "Wow! Can I see more?" Roach then apparently sent Hixson a picture of herself wearing only a bra and underwear.
Hixson, reportedly out of town in St. Louis, then engaged in the following text conversation with Roach...
So, to be clear... Hixson is without question a scumbag lawyer. But, Roach is no innocent daisy herself and it doesn't appear there is any coercion or pressure being applied by Hixson to get Roach to consider selling what little dignity she has left. Though apparently $100 is not quite her going rate for dignity.
According to investigators, after Hixson returned from his out-of-state trip he asked Roach if he could come over to her house (police do not indicate Roach's response, if any).
Hixson also reportedly sent a text to Roach asking...
On Aug. 1, 2016 Hixson and Roach reportedly again discuss the topic of sex for money...
Detectives say the topic of conversation changed after Roach mentioned that a DHS worker showed up at her house.
Court records show that on Aug. 3, 2016 Roach filed a paternity case in Canadian County against a man by the last name of Elliott.
A few days later, Hixson reportedly asked Roach via text if she had plans that night and if he could meet up with her either at his office or at her house.
Now, fast-forward to Aug. 8 - the day El Reno police were called to Roach's home because of a disturbance. While police were investigating the disturbance call, Roach was arrested again - this time for possession of CDS in the presence of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After her arrest, Roach reportedly sent a text to Hixson telling him she got into more trouble and that her daughter had been taken away and she was going to be criminally charged. *The court record doesn't specify if this message was sent at the urging of detectives - but JohnTV speculates it was and that Roach thought this was her get out of jail free card.
Hixson allegedly responded by offering to meet with Roach.
Roach reportedly declined, stating, "there was nothing to discuss because she was broke." Hixson responded with...
In late Sept. Hixson was arrested. Detectives also executed a search warrant on Hixson's cell phone.
As first revealed by JohnTV, in 2014 Hixson was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve as a member of the Board of the Office of Juvenile Affairs (see bottom of this article). *Hixson's photo and name were removed from the Office of Juvenile Affairs website after JohnTV pointed out his affiliation.
Hixson has since resigned from the Office of Juvenile Affairs - effective immediately.
The OJA issued this brief statement...
"This is an unfortunate situation and our board and all agency staff members are mindful of and all impacted by these alleged allegations...We look forward to welcoming a future colleague to the board as the statutory appointment and confirmation process unfolds."
Additionally, the local news media also neglected to point out that Hixson has a leadership role locally within the Boy Scouts of America, Will Rogers District. Several photos of Hixson in a BSA uniform appear on their Facebook page. (*Those photos were removed on 11/3/2016 after JohnTV inquired about them)
Hixson is listed as a 'district staffer' in the 2016 Will Rogers district directory. A 2014 directory lists Hixson as the chariman of the Eagle Scout Will Rogers District.
JohnTV could find no official response or action by the Oklahoma Bar Association as of this posting.
If convicted, Hixson reportedly faces 30-365 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500.
Online records do indicate that Hixson received a marriage license in Oct. of 2014.
It should be noted that it is being reported that Hixson was not required to submit to a mugshot and he was granted an O.R. bond - meaning he didn't have to put up anything other than his signature to walk out of jail.
I guess being in the good old boys club has its perks!
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.