Tahlequah Daily Press

September 20, 2013

Roxie Wagers’ trial postponed

Former local businessman accused of child molestation

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A jury trial for a former business owner accused of lewd molestation has been postponed until at least January.

Roxie Lee Wagers, 72, was tentatively scheduled for this week’s jury trial docket, but the trial was passed until next January.

Wagers was initially charged with 10 felony counts, but six of them were later dismissed.

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

Court documents allege Wagers twice contacted the alleged victim’s family, “confessed that he had a problem, that he could not stop himself, and that he wanted the case to go away, that he would receive therapy, that he would just go away if that was what the family wanted.”

He allegedly offered to pay the girl’s family $7,000 if they made the charges go away, authorities claim.

Court documents show prosecutors could introduce four different recordings related to the case.

Wagers was arrested last January in Florida after investigators claimed he fled Oklahoma and was attempting to leave the U.S. so he could avoid prosecution.

District Judge Darrell Shepherd denied Wagers a bond when Wagers was extradited back to Tahlequah. But Wagers later appeared in court with his attorney, Donn Baker, and Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins granted Wagers a $100,000 bond.

Wagers was released and ordered to be on house arrest while wearing an ankle monitor. He was told to surrender his passport and have no contact with the alleged victims.

A motion filed Sept. 6 indicates prosecutors hope to introduce evidence that Wagers allegedly watched as the alleged victim showered when she was a young child, and would then touch her inappropriately.

Court filings show Baker could call a number of character witnesses for Wagers, along with witnesses who will try to shed light on the alleged victim’s family and their supposed intentions against Wagers.

-- jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com