By JOSH NEWTON
Former Tahlequah businessman Roxie Wagers was released on bond Wednesday afternoon over the objection of prosecutors.
Wagers is charged with 10 felony counts alleging he began committing lewd acts to a child back in 2006. Authorities said Wagers fled from Oklahoma to Florida after an investigation was started, and believe he was attempting to leave the country – possibly for Bogota, Colombia, a destination for which he had purchased airline tickets on Dec. 31, 2012.
He was arrested by U.S. Marshals near Hollywood, Fla., earlier this month and was extradited back to Tahlequah last week.
Wagers, who turned 72 last week, appeared in court for a bond hearing Wednesday. He sat with three other inmates as his attorney, Donn Baker, met with Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins and Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry outside of the courtroom.
Baker returned a couple of times to discuss with Wagers the stipulations of the bond reduction he would be receiving.
Wagers also spoke for nearly 10 minutes with one of his sons as they waited inside the courtroom, while attorneys and the judge were elsewhere.
Wagers and three other inmates were then escorted back to the Cherokee County Detention Center.
According to a court document filed later Wednesday afternoon, Wagers’ bond – which District Judge Darrell Shepherd denied last week – was lowered to $100,000 by Dobbins. Wagers was ordered to surrender his passport; to wear an ankle monitor; and to be under house arrest.
Dobbins also ordered Wagers to have no contact with the alleged victims. He is set to be back in court Feb. 13 at 9 a.m.