May 1, 2009

Erik Rutledge Charged With Molesting Teen; Police Fear There May Be More Victims

May 1, 2009

EDMOND, Okla. - Police have arrested an Edmond man they have accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy. Officers said the boy told his parents that Erik Rutledge, 21, touched him inappropriately.

"He preys on 16-year-olds and younger," said Glynda Chu of the Edmond Police Department.

Police said the 14-year-old accuser was on the way home from Liberty Lake in Guthrie with a 16-year-old companion last week when the incident happened.

"For some reason, he convinced the 14-year-old to take his clothes off while he was in the back seat," said Chu.

After dropping the 16-year-old off, police said that Rutledge and the 14-year-old stopped at Cheyenne Middle School. The boy said that Rutledge touched him inappropriately while the car was parked in the school lot. Police think there may be more victims because, they said, Rutledge hangs out with young people in places like Mitch Park.

"He uses religion to molest them," Chu said.

Edmond police asked anyone who thinks another child was molested to call Detective Greg Hunt at 405-359-4477.

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