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Man arrested for child sexual abuse in Canadian County

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office says a man was arrested for child sexual abuse.

Officials began investigating after deputies received a call from a school regarding a man sexually abusing one of their students.

Working with school officials, investigators were able to gather details of the sexual abuse by 44-year-old Joel Rubio-Franco.

Joel Rubio-Franco

Investigators learned the sexual abuse had been happening over a 10-year period.

The victim said Rubio-Franco would grope her and make sexual comments to her when they were alone.

According to reports, Rubio-Franco asked the victim if “he could have some of her panties.”

The victim told investigators she wanted the abuse to stop.

“This poor child had been sexually abused by this predator for years. She was at a breaking point, and couldn’t take it any longer,” said Chris West, Canadian County Sheriff.

During the investigation, an additional sexual assault victim was identified.

Investigators met with Rubio-Franco at his residence in Yukon Tuesday and told him they needed to discuss the sexual abuse allegations against him.

It was later found that Rubio-Franco is not documented to be in the United States legally.

Rubio-Franco possessed a Mexican identification card and did not speak English. A translator was required to interview him.

He admitted to asking the girl for panties and groping her in a sexual manner. He also admitted to having improper sexual thoughts about the victims.

“I can’t tell you how much it breaks my heart to know these children were abused for such a long time before reaching out for help. I pray these kids won’t carry the scars of this monster’s abuse for life,” said West.

Rubio-Franco was arrested for child sexual abuse on a child under 18, and was transported to the Canadian County Jail.

His bond was set at $75,000 and remains in custody.

If he is able to post bond, he will be held for Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE).