Tahlequah Daily Press

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February 15, 2013

Wagers set for April 17 hearing

TAHLEQUAH — A Cherokee County businessman is set for a preliminary hearing later this year on charges he molested a girl several times over a period of years.

Roxie L. Wagers, 72, has been free on a $100,000 bond since late January. A judge this week ordered Wagers back April 17 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

As part of Wagers’ conditions for bond, he was also ordered to surrender his passport, wear an ankle monitor, be under house arrest, and have no contact with the alleged victim.

Authorities said Wagers fled Oklahoma last year when they began looking into the allegations of lewd molestation. They say Wagers tried to pay one victim’s family $17,000 to keep quiet about the ordeal, and made a taped confession.

Although investigators have said there are other possible victims, charges filed against Wagers are based only on one victim, according to court documents.

Wagers was formally charged with 10 felonies related to the investigation, and a judge froze his bank account at the request of law enforcement agencies that were trying to track the local man.

Wagers was found in Hollywood, Fla., where he was captured by U.S. marshals and extradited back to Tahlequah.

Police said Wagers had purchased an airline ticket to Bogota, Colombia, and was possibly trying to flee to that non-extradition country to avoid his charges in Oklahoma.

Wagers has pleaded not guilty.

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