Boy Scout leader accused of sending lewd texts to teen

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NEWALLA, Okla. -- A 50-year-old local scoutmaster is accused of sending obscene photos to a 13-year-old girl.

The Newalla man, Richard Nelson, Jr., allegedly met the girl while working security at the Mary Mahoney Health Center.

The teenage girl who made the allegations said she's upset and disgusted by the suspect's alleged behavior.

"He's like, 'You want a picture?' I'm like, 'Sure.' But then he sent it of his like d***," the victim said.

According to the court affidavit, the girl allegedly sent Nelson a picture of herself topless.

He then sent her a picture of his genital area.

Even worse, Nelson is also accused of taking a picture of his 13-year-old son's genital area and sent that picture as well.

"I think it's gross. Like, disgusting," the victim said. "He's 50. It's like, I'm 13. It's just wrong."

In an interview with Nicoma Park police, Nelson allegedly confessed to the entire crime saying simply he was stupid and made a mistake.

Those in charge of the Mary Mahoney Clinic said nelson had been supplied to work security by an outside security company.

They too are disgusted by the allegations.

"We take this very serious," Rosalyn Johnson said. "I'm appalled, almost in a state of shock."

When we showed up to a home listed as Nelson's address, the man living there, who claimed to be a Marine, made repeated threats.

"You see this on my chest," the man said. "I'll break every bone in your damn body. You understand me? It doesn't matter what you want to know. You need to get that gone. I'll kill you."

According to court records, Nelson made his own threats by "sending the victim messages telling her if she contacted the police that he would plaster her pictures all over the internet."

Nelson also worked in a leadership position with the Boy Scouts of America.

In a statement, the Boy Scouts said Nelson's membership has been revoked.

The group said abuse of children is absolutely intolerable but the allegations did not involve scouting in any way.

Nelson is being held on $40,000 bond.

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