OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro man living in a foster home was arrested Wednesday for lewd acts with a child; allegations that first surfaced with a disturbing drawing from a 4-year-old girl.
A spokesperson with the Department of Human Services said the suspect, 25-year-old James Percifield, and his wife were living in the home of a foster parent.
To do that they were required to receive foster parent training, a background check and their fingerprints were taken.
Three protective orders were filed against him Thursday, a day after being arrested.
Oklahoma City police said Percifield was surprised to see them at his residence Wednesday night in the 500 block of S.W. 161 St., near S.W. 164th St. and S. Western.
A woman there had called 911.
She said he had committed sex crimes against two girls who lived there, ages four and seven.
“The youngest of the children had told her that the suspect had exposed himself to her,” MSgt Gary Knight said. “The (older) child indicated that (she) was touched inappropriately by the male.”
The victims’ mother told police the 4-year-old foster child said Percifield went to her school and exposed himself to her on Sunday.
The mother was skeptical until the girl’s teacher spoke up.
“It was drawings she had made in class that the teacher thought was very strange and had mentioned it to the mother,” Knight said.
Police said the 4-year-old girl drew a self portrait depicting male genitalia.
A police report indicates on Wednesday, the 7-year-old girl told her mother Percifield had pulled down her pants, touched her privates, then made her touch him.
“Children will disclose (abuse) when they’re ready to disclose,” Te’Ata Purcell said, a program director with C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Center).
C.A.R.E. helps more than 1,000 sexually-abused children every year in a homelike setting.
They help victims’ parents cope as well.
“Talking to your children about touches that are OK and touches that are not OK, just providing that education and awareness does wonders for prevention,” Purcell said.
Purcell said the faster child victims receive therapy, the less likely they will suffer long-term effects of abuse.
Percifield was jailed on complaints of lewd acts with a child and indecent exposure.
One family member told us Thursday, “he’s where he needs to be.”
Percifield’s wife told police she caught him searching for child pornography in 2009.
DHS could not say whether any foster children will be removed from the home.