Former Marlow teacher pleads guilty to sexual battery

July 14, 2022

William “Billy” Joseph Daniel, 45, of Stephens County, pleaded guilty last Friday to sexual battery of a student, announced Robert J. Troester, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

On June 8, 2022, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Daniel, the district band teacher, for offenses he allegedly committed while employed by Marlow Public Schools. These incidents occurred between Feb. 1 and May 12. Count One alleged Daniel touched in a lewd and lascivious manner the body and private parts of a student who was at least 16 and less than 20 years old. Count Two alleged Daniel digitally penetrated the private parts of the student. 

Today, Daniel pleaded guilty to Count 1 before U.S. District Judge David L. Russell.  At sentencing, Daniel will face up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $10,000, followed by up to three years of supervised release. As part of the plea agreement, the government has agreed to dismiss at sentencing Count 2 of the indictment. A sentencing date will be set by the court.

This case is a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Oklahoma City Division) and the Marlow Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Noble is prosecuting the case.