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January 24, 2013

Wagers extradited, denied bond for lewd molestation

TAHLEQUAH — A former Tahlequah businessman was brought back to Cherokee County from Florida Tuesday and later denied bond on charges of lewd molestation.

Roxie Lee Wagers is facing 10 felony charges on allegations that he molested a girl beginning back in 2006, when she was 9 years old.

Wagers appeared before District Judge Darrell Shepherd Wednesday morning, on his 72nd birthday. He was clad in orange jail attire with his hands and feet shackled together. Wagers told the judge he retained Donn Baker as his attorney.

Shepherd eventually told Wagers he would be held in jail without the possibility of bond, and ordered him to appear for a felony sounding docket Feb. 13 at 9 a.m.

Sheriff's Investigators Justin Hackworth and James Brown flew to Florida early Tuesday morning and took custody of Wagers at the Broward County jail. Wagers had waived extradition after he was arrested by U.S. marshals at an apartment in Hollywood, Fla., earlier this month.

Hackworth and Brown received assistance from U.S. marshals in Florida and escorted Wagers back to Cherokee County. They arrived at the Cherokee County Detention Center shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, and Wagers was immediately taken into the jail to be booked.

Brown said Wagers claimed he went to Florida for vacation, but investigators otherwise did not discuss the case with Wagers as they were en route back to Oklahoma.

Brown said Wagers told investigators he didn’t want to speak about the charges without his attorney, Donn Baker, being present.

Wagers is accused of molesting one girl several times since 2006, and investigators have said there could be several other alleged victims. Wagers allegedly offered to pay $17,000 to a family to keep the allegations secret, and made a confession that was recorded.

When an arrest warrant was issued for Wagers last month, state and federal authorities began trying to track him, and learned he was in the area of Hollywood, Fla. Brown said Wagers had purchased airline tickets to Bogota, Colombia, on Dec. 31, 2012, and intended to flee the country, but did not take the flight.

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