VINITA – A Tahlequah man arrested earlier this month in Vinita on an Internet sting faces a March 16 court date.

Anthony Carl Wilson, 30, was arrested Feb. 11 after allegedly arranging to meet a 14-year-old girl at a Vinita location. Instead, police were waiting for Wilson, and he allegedly dragged one of them for three blocks after the officer’s jacket got caught in the bedliner of Wilson’s vehicle.

Craig County prosecutors formally charged Wilson Wednesday with indecent proposals to a child, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, eluding an officer, reckless driving, no insurance, and malicious injury to property. The first three counts are felonies, and the next two are traffic offenses. The final count is filed as a misdemeanor.

Court records show local attorney Donn Baker appeared with Wilson, who is free on a $50,000 bond. The March 16 appearance is for a preliminary hearing sounding docket.

Vinita Assistant Police Chief Barry Armstrong said, in a previous interview, that the Vinita Police Department was part of a special task force working through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to investigate Internet crimes against children.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Ely is prosecuting the case.

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