By JOSH NEWTON
Prosecutors have filed nine felony counts of lewd molestation against a Tahlequah man whom they say inappropriately touched at least one underage girl several times over the last seven years, and offered to pay if the allegations were kept secret.
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Roxie Lee Wagers, 71, who is charged with the nine felony molestation counts and an additional count of attempted solicitation of a minor for indecent exposure.
According to an affidavit filed by Tahlequah Police Detective Thomas Donnell, Wagers is accused of inappropriately touching three girls, but formal charges appear to be based on the alleged molestation of one girl, who is identified in court documents by initials.
Wagers allegedly admitted to touching at least one of the girls and told one victim’s father he would give the family money if they wouldn’t file charges. His alleged confession and offer of payment to the father was recorded, according to Donnell.
Donnell’s affidavit said all three victims claim Wagers touched them several times over a span of seven years.
Prosecutors allege Wagers inappropriately and repeatedly touched a girl starting back in 2006, when she was 9 years old. That same year, Wagers allegedly exposed himself to the girl while he was committing a lewd act to himself.
Wagers allegedly enticed the girl to expose herself and to “put on a show” for him after he committed a lewd act in front of her.
Donnell’s affidavit claims Wagers enticed the alleged victims to model underwear he had purchased for them.
From 2008 to 2012, Wagers sexually assaulted the girl multiple times, prosecutors allege. Each charge of lewd molestation is punishable by three to 20 years in prison, while attempted solicitation of a minor for indecent exposure is punishable for not less than 25 years.