McAlester police arrest church elder accused of sexual abuse 30 years ago

Tulsa World

By DYLAN GOFORTH World Staff Writer

McALESTER — McAlester police arrested a 76-year-old church elder Tuesday on allegations that he molested children at a McAlester church more than 30 years ago.

Ronald Lawrence was charged Tuesday with 11 counts of lewd molestation, five counts of forcible oral sodomy, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of rape by instrumentation.

McAlester police Sgt. Chris Morris said a woman reported to police last month that she had been molested by Lawrence when she was a child. Morris said the alleged abuse took place more than 30 years ago.

Morris said police spoke with two other alleged victims during the month-long investigation. Police don’t know what spurred the victims into coming forward but believe there could be more who might also want to speak with police now that the allegations have come to light.

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