By JOSH NEWTON
Area law enforcement agents arrested a Pontiac, Mich., man Thursday when he showed up in Oklahoma thinking he was going to have a sexual encounter with an underage girl.
Christopher Dale Adams, 27, is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Detention Center on five counts of first-degree rape and five counts of forcible sodomy. Investigators believe they’ll be adding more charges as details of the case come to light.
District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force Coordinator Mike Moore said rangers at the Sequoyah State Park, west of Hulbert, were asked to check on a suspicious person at the park earlier this year.
Moore said the park rangers, Sgt. Roger Moody and Lt. Bryan Qualls, had heard speculation that the man was involved in a relationship with a young girl.
“They started watching him a little bit closer, and developed probable cause to conduct a traffic stop,” said Moore. “When they did, they discovered the 13-year-old victim with Adams.”
Officials at the Department of Human Services took custody of the 13-year-old girl and later contacted Moore about the case. Meanwhile, Adams had gone back to Michigan, as officers had no valid cause to hold him in Oklahoma.
“But the rangers gathered some evidence from the room [Adams] had checked out of, which was outstanding,” said Moore. “They went back and secured beddings and trash and stuff like that, and submitted it to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.”
Moore later interviewed the 13-year-old girl who had been with Adams at the park, and she admitted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with Adams.
Park rangers later learned the girl and Adams also had met at a Wagoner motel. Adams had allegedly been to Oklahoma to visit the girl several times.
“The rangers turned all their information over to me, and I worked with them and DHS to lure Adams back in to Oklahoma under the impression he was coming to meet a girl again,” said Moore.
“It took a little bit of time, but he did come back [Thursday]. He came to the motel in Wagoner, where me, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Mitchell, Sgt. Roger Moody and Lt. Bryan Qualls – with the help of the Wagoner Police Department – went to the room and arrested him without incident.”
Moore said officers were going to execute a search warrant on Adams to collect DNA Thursday night. DNA has already been collected from the 13-year-old victim, Moore said.
Adams and the alleged victim met on Facebook, according to Moore, and eventually began to talk on the phone before the relationship became physical.
“The relationship apparently started late last year and spilled over into early this year,” said Moore.