An Oklahoma high school employee has been accused of child sexual abuse involving an underage relative.
Reports say Warren Hitchcock, 40, of Chandler, was arrested earlier this month on complaints including 15 counts of child sexual abuse and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. Hitchcock's arrest came after the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) on November 8 to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse.
The OSBI and agencies including the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Edmond Police Department, the Lincoln County Special Operations Group served a search warrant at Hitchcock's Chandler home a week later.
The arrest is related to the alleged ongoing sexual abuse of a minor related to Hitchcock.
The suspect in the case is an employee of Chandler Public Schools and is reportedly the assistant band director at Chandler High School. The case does not appear to involve any students. The district released the following statement about the employee's arrest:
"Chandler Public School District takes the safety of its students seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning experience for our students. Because of this, the District was saddened to learn that one of its teachers was arrested on allegations of misconduct with a minor relative. The teacher is currently on administrative leave and the District is investigating this matter to determine what steps should be taken. Because this is a confidential personnel matter and because law enforcement is involved, the District will not be able to comment further."
A search of the Oklahoma State Courts Network does not indicate that charges have yet been filed in this case. However, investigators say they have sufficient evidence to charge the man with 15 counts of child sexual abuse and one count of violation of the Computer Crimes Act. They say that the investigation is ongoing and they anticipate additional charges to be filed.
Hitchcock is held in the Lincoln County Jail on $750,000 bond. If ultimately convicted of child sexual abuse, he faces the possibility of life in prison.