Tahlequah Daily Press

June 20, 2013

Wagers appears in court

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A former Tahlequah businessman arrested earlier this year on accusations of lewd molestation was bound over for trial Wednesday afternoon.

Roxie Lee Wagers, 72, appeared in court for his preliminary hearing in front of Special District Judge Holli Wells, who cleared the courtroom before a juvenile testified for the state.

Wagers is set to appear for a district court arraignment next month.

Though he was initially charged with 10 felony counts – nine for lewd molestation and one for attempted solicitation of a minor for indecent exposure – prosecutors have now dismissed six of the lewd molestation counts against Wagers, court records show.

Court documents allege Wagers exposed himself to a girl, solicited the girl to expose herself to him, and inappropriately touched her.

Investigators arrested Wagers last January in Florida and accused him of fleeing Oklahoma in an attempt to avoid prosecution.

District Judge Darrell Shepherd denied a bond for Wagers when Wagers was extradited back to Tahlequah. Wagers later appeared in court with his attorney, Donn Baker, and was granted a $100,000 bond by Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins. Wagers was released and placed on house arrest; was ordered to wear an ankle monitor; and was told to surrender his passport.