A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Cartwright man charged with fondling a 5-year-old girl.
Cody Dean Steele, 22, is charged with lewd molestation. He was charged following an investigation by the Woodway, Texas, Police Department and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
According to an affidavit, Bryan County Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan D. Calloway received a report from a Woodway investigator that a child made an outcry of being sexually assaulted at a Cartwright residence.
The victim’s mother told Woodway Police that her daughter had been fondled in June 2013.
The affidavit states that when the girl was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Waco, Texas, she disclosed that she had been improperly fondled and massaged.
Steele was questioned, and according to the affidavit, he denied the allegations.
In other crimes news, Jesus F. Luna-Duarte, 30, Durant, pleaded was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to trafficking in illegal drugs. He was arrested in March after a traffic stop by Durant Police Patrolman Buddy Faulkner.
According to an affidavit, Luna-Duarte possessed four baggies of methamphetamine weighing 142 grams.
In state crime news, an Oklahoma City police officer is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty, according to the Associated Press
Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure, The Oklahoman reported.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said at a news conference that Holtzclaw stopped women while he was working and forced them to expose themselves, fondled them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.
Authorities have statements from six victims and expect a statement from a seventh, Citty said. He also said investigators believe there are additional victims.
The department began investigating Holtzclaw after a woman complained to police June 18, the chief said. Holtzclaw was placed on leave that day.
“We started the investigation and we started looking at traffic stops he had made throughout the previous months to try to identify and initiate contact with females that we knew he had stopped during that period of time … to see if they had been sexually assaulted,” Citty said.
Records indicate Holtzclaw is in custody at the Oklahoma County Jail. The records don’t list an attorney, and jail staff said they could not provide attorney information.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who also attended the news conference, said he anticipates charges against Holtzclaw will be filed by Aug. 29.