Special to the Grove Sun
JAY — A former school custodian accused of raping a 16-year-old female student was hired by the Jay School District in 2004 even though he had prior felony burglary convictions, officials have confirmed.
Adam Wolf, 45, was charged June 4 in Delaware County District Court with 13 counts of sexual abuse, including rape, forcible oral sodomy and sexual battery. He remains in jail with bond set at $580,000.
Susa Hopper, Wolf's attorney, did not return phone calls.
Debbie Wolf tearfully said in a phone interview that she wanted nothing printed about her husband's case. "I can't go to the store without people looking at me," said Debbie Wolf, who is employed as a secretary at the school.
Former Superintendent David Schachle said Adam Wolf's criminal record was discussed before Wolf's employment.
"The felony conviction was not child- … or violence-related," he said. "Since it was almost 20 years later and there had been no other problems with the law, we hired him."
Wolf claimed on his employment application that he had no felony convictions.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said an employment background search for the school in 2004 discovered Wolf had two burglary convictions in 1985.
"I never received a complaint about him," said Schachle, who described Wolf as a popular custodian who kept classrooms exceptionally clean.
Schachle said because of the amount of time passed he doesn’t remember the details surrounding Wolf’s hiring.
Employment applications went to the department heads that were advertising for the position, he said. The principals would make a recommendation from the applicants they had interviewed to Schachle who would recommend the applicant to the school board.
Wolf resigned June 3.
On June 1, 1985, a 20-year-old Wolf entered the home of a Jay woman by breaking a bathroom window, records show.
"He climbed onto my mother's bed," Mike Sperry, son of the victim, said last week. "She thought it was one of the kids … who had came into her bedroom and sat on the bed."
When a man grabbed her legs, she started kicking and screaming, said Sperry, who lived next door. He heard the screams and caught Wolf inside a garage. His mother had scratches on her ankles, he said.
On July 17, 1985, Wolf pleaded guilty and was given a two-year deferred sentence, according to court records. He violated probation by breaking into an apartment on Sept. 15 of that year and received a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to reduced second-degree burglary.
Another felon hired
Wolf's case is not the first in which the school hired someone with a felony record who later was implicated in a sexual assault.
Will Stroud, a school bus driver, pleaded no contest in March 2005 to rape and lewd molestation of two female students. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was released last year after completing a sex-offender program.
Stroud had a prior auto theft conviction in California. School officials said they were unaware of his criminal record.
The school district reached a settlement with the two students in a federal lawsuit. A second lawsuit involving Stroud was settled out of court with two other students.
Adam Wolf is scheduled to return to court Aug. 10 for a preliminary hearing in the sexual assault case. He is accused of raping a teenage girl who has been diagnosed with emotional problems.
The charge indicates the assaults began in December. Wolf befriended the teen and gave her gifts of candy and soda, according to the affidavit. He is accused of raping the student in his custodial office and in classrooms.
Wolf told authorities the victim "just makes me weak" and that he was "unable to resist her."