Tahlequah Daily Press

September 14, 2012

Allegations of child sex crime land man in jail


TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man is out of jail on a $30,000 bond after being booked for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

Employees at the Cherokee County Detention Center said Brent Tschirhart, 19, was booked into jail last Friday on one count of rape by instrumentation, and posted bond the same day. Formal charges haven’t been filed.

Tahlequah Police Detective Thomas Donnell, in an affidavit filed for a search warrant, said Tschirhart began communicating with the 13-year-old girl through text messages in early June. Tschirhart and the alleged victim continued to communicate by talking on the phone and texting each other until Tschirhart became “offensive” and began asking the girl for sex, Donnell’s affidavit said.

At some point, Tschirhart allegedly went to the girl’s home and sent her a text message, saying he wanted to meet with her and have sex. When Tschirhart later sent a text to the girl saying he’d left her house, she went outside to check. Detectives said Tschirhart “came from out of nowhere” and conducted a lewd act in front of the girl.

Donnell was granted a search warrant, and seized a cell phone Monday from Tschirhart’s home, according to court documents.

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