EL RENO, Okla. — A Canadian County deputy has resigned following an administrative investigation into sexual assault accusations dating back to the 1980s.
“For the past 30 years nothing has been done and sometimes, you just have to be loud,” Gabrielle Welch told News 4.
It’s an alleged crime-spree that’s been hidden in the shadows for decades.
Welch said her dad, just a teen at the time, was fearing jail time after he stole a motorcycle in Yukon.
“The officer let my dad know that he had that recording of him confessing and if he would be available to do sexual favors with the officer, he would never turn that in,” Welch said.
She said he agreed, and those sexual favors happened time and time again over a ten-year period.
“He was just a scared person,” Welch said.
Turns out, her father wasn’t alone.
“I don’t guess I realized how bad it affected me until the story came out,” one of the victims, who wanted to remain anonymous, told News 4.
He said he was targeted when he studied under the alleged suspect at Redlands Community College in El Reno back in the 1990s.
“When I went to his office there at Redlands, he made me shut the door and then the infamous line of his, which is “let me see it,” he said. “I didn’t know what he was talking about at first.”
He was asking for a sexual favor in exchange for help with the course. The alleged victim was only 19 years old at the time.
“Two years later, I was still in school and I needed something again. This time when I had to go into his office, he asked me to shut the door and I said no,” he said.
It still haunts him, just like it haunted Welch’s dad, especially knowing the alleged-perp was still wearing a badge working as a deputy in Canadian County.
Welch decided to file a complaint last week, which launched an internal investigation.
The sheriff confirmed the deputy has now resigned amid that investigation.
“He used his position of power everywhere he was to humiliate, demean and manipulate people,” the alleged victim said.
The statute of limitations in both of these cases has run out, which is why News 4 is not naming the deputy.
Welch would like to hear from any other victims who’d like to come forward and share their stories. You can remain anonymous. Just contact Gabrielle at Gwelch2291@gmail.com.