Prosecutors have charged a Tahlequah man with two counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under the age of 16.
Christopher Joe Yocum, 27, is accused of placing a 9-year-old girl’s hand on his genitals in a lewd manner. Investigating officers said Yocum committed the alleged crime once between March 15 and April 15, and again on April 24.
The Department of Human Services reportedly received an anonymous tip about the accusations and notified police.
The case was investigated by Northeastern State University police because the alleged crimes occurred on university property.
According to police, Yocum first denied he’d sexually abused the girl, but later admitted he’d committed the acts twice, both times when the girl was sleeping.
He told police he was under the influence of alcohol, and didn’t recall his actions.
He told police he “only had [the victim] touching me for less than one minute,” according to a report provided by NSU police.
During one incident, Yocum said the victim awoke, and he told her not to tell anyone what he was doing.
In a written statement to police, Yocum allegedly said he withheld information out of “fear, shame, and guilt,” and apologized for hurting and lying to those involved in the case.
Yocum was arrested and held on a $25,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty. He is due back in court for a felony sounding docket June 11 at 9 a.m. in Cherokee County District Court.
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