The Comanche County director of emergency management was released from his position after being arrested on charges related to the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy.
Investigators say the mother of the teen contacted police after she allegedly found a sexual conversation with an adult man in the boy’s Facebook messages. The woman said she became suspicious that something was going on and checked the teen’s account after noticing that her son had unexplained cash.
The boy’s father told reporters that initially, they thought their son was hanging around older “troublemaker” teenagers, but when they checked Facebook, they learned their son had been meeting a much older adult male. In some of the instances, the man offered their son cash or cigarettes in exchange for sexual conduct.
Police were notified of the illicit Facebook conversation, which led them to 61-year-old Clinton Lee Wagstaff, a Comanche County official.
The 14-year-old allegedly told police that he and Wagstaff had an inappropriate relationship between May and July of this year. He said that the two would watch pornography together and masturbate, and that on at least two occasions, there was sexual contact between the man and the teen.
Wagstaff was arrested on multiple felony complaints, including forcible sodomy, rape by instrumentation, online solicitation of a minor, exposing a minor to obscene material, and lewd acts in the presence of a child.
At a court hearing last week, Wagstaff requested a public defender for his case.
If formal charges against Wagstaff are filed for the complaints on which he was arrested, the former director of emergency management faces significant prison time if convicted:
- Forcible sodomy (21 O.S. § 888): felony, up to 20 years in prison
- Second degree rape by instrumentation (21 O.S. §1111.1): felony, up to 15 years in prison
- Soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology (21 O.S. § 1040.13a): felony, up to 10 years in prison
- Lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16 (21 O.S. § 1123): felony, up to 20 years in prison. Both exposing a minor to obscene materials (§ 1123-d)and lewd acts in the presence of a minor (§ 1123-e) are included in this statute.
All of the above offenses requires sex offender registration under Oklahoma law. Soliciting minors online is a Level 2 sex offense that requires registration every six months for 25 years. The remaining offenses are all Level 3 sex crimes that require lifetime sex offender registration. Learn more about Oklahoma sex offender registration requirements.