OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities say a 57-year-old Yukon man is facing serious charges after a victim’s mother allegedly found evidence of a crime in her daughter’s diary.
“The mother had become suspicious of activities going on and looked at her daughter’s diary,” says MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “That’s when she discovered her daughter was being victimized by a man.”
Police say the 14-year-old began writing about sexual encounters with 57-year-old Denver Ervin in August.
The entries didn't stop until November.
According to the police report, she wrote about Ervin, "touching her and forcing her to perform sex acts on him."
Also, that she, "would tell him to stop but he would grab and kiss her neck."
The victim even recalled a time Ervin, "touched her while her friends were asleep in the same room."
Investigators think the teen was sexually abused at Ervin's Yukon home, but they say she wasn't the only victim.
“Investigators were able to find two more victims, also in their early teens,” says Knight. “So, it’s a total of three girls.”
Multiple crimes that may have never been discovered if the mother hadn't read her daughter's diary.
Dr. Stewart Beasley, a psychologist, says, “It does cause resentment and it causes a feeling of I have no privacy in the home.”
Dr. Beasley says parents really shouldn't invade their children's privacy.
However, if you aren't getting the answers you need, and you suspect trouble, it may be time to step in.
“Sometimes they can’t handle things and they get into situations that are over their head,” says Beasley. “So, parents need to intervene.”
Police are not releasing how the victim knew Ervin, but say he was not a stranger to her.
Ervin is now facing nine counts of lewd acts with a child and three counts of rape after felony convictions.