Grady County DA refuses to prosecute repeat offender for sex crimes

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GRADY COUNTY, Okla. - The Grady County district attorney's office comes under fire for refusing to prosecute a man arrested for a sex crime near Tuttle.

Concerned residents claim a suspect has repeatedly exposed himself, but despite being arrested several times, criminal charges have never been filed.

Dropping off mail on her daily route, a postal worker allegedly saw a disturbing sight last week.

"She's working to get the mail in the box. She looked right at him and he was masturbating basically," said James Saye.

James's wife quickly alerted her boss, who called the Grady County sheriff, who in turn arrested Erick Eitel.

Jail records show 4 days after the arrest for indecent exposure the DA declined to pursue the case and Eitel got released.

"It would be nice if the district attorney's office took a more serious approach to find the guy some help," said Saye.

James says sheriff's deputies told him Eitel has been arrested a half-dozen times for the similar crimes, but the cases have never been prosecuted.

"It's obvious he's done this 7 times, it's a pattern," said Saye. "It's not an isolated incident."

Online court records also tell a similar tale.

Way back in 1996, prosecutors charged Eitel with outraging public decency.

The DA later dismissed the charge.

Again in 2006, Eitel found himself charged with lewd exhibition only to find those charges dismissed as well.

"I'm not looking for him to get locked up. I would like to see the system give him some help," said Saye.

James is concerned because his wife has to drive the streets near the suspect's home every day and investigators told James Eitel suffers from mental issues.

"I don't think the answer is because he has mental issues you release him to the streets. That's not doing anybody any good," said Saye. "My concern is at what point is enough enough?"

Our calls to the DA's office seeking comment were ignored and never returned.

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