STILLWATER, Okla. — A Perkins man accused of beating a nine-year-old boy with a paddle for liking the University of Oklahoma Sooners better than the Oklahoma State University Cowboys appeared in court Tuesday morning, court records show.
Gannon Wade Mendez, 41, appeared before Special Judge R.L. Hert. His bail was set at $2,500 and a hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. April 1.
He has entered a not guilty plea.
Mendez also is accused of punishing the child by making him eat soap, run until he vomited, pressing a palm on the child’s face until his nose bleeds, taking him out of school to do workouts, waking him up every half hour at night to do push ups, punching him in the face, picking him up by his hair and slamming him into a door.
The abuse accusations came to light when students and teachers noticed severe bruising on the child’s legs and butt this month. The child was taken to Payne County Youth Shelter and later evaluated at a Cushing hospital.