Elderly Man Charged with Solicitation of a Minor in Oklahoma

While many stereotypes exist about sex offenders and sexual predators, Oklahoma City sex crimes defense attorneys know that there are no rules when it comes to allegations of sexual assault. Sex offenders and those accused of sexual assault include both genders and come from all age groups and all walks of life.

Arrest for Solicitation of a Minor

Last week, a 73-year-old Oklahoma man was charged with solicitation of a minor and a number of other offenses after he allegedly pulled a 14-year-old girl into his vehicle and offered to pay her for sex.  The probable cause affidavit for Duane Nelson's arrest reports that he stopped his vehicle to ask the girl for directions. 

When she approached his vehicle, Nelson allegedly grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her into the truck, drove her to a city park, and offered to pay her $100 for sex.  The girl says she told Nelson that her boyfriend was supposed to meet her at the park, and he let her go.  She hid nearby before calling police.

Under the supervision of police, the girl called Nelson the next day and offered to meet him at a local high school.  Nelson said that he would provide alcohol for the girl at their meeting. When he arrived at the designated time and location, Nelson was arrested with a loaded firearm in his pocket.  He has been charged with numerous crimes, including kidnapping, indecent proposals to a minor for sex, solicitation, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and attempting to provide a minor an intoxicating beverage.

Legal Defense

Nelson's Oklahoma defense lawyer will need to look closely at the procedures surrounding his arrest, including the girl's statements about her alleged abduction and the phone call arranging a meeting.  Procedural missteps, circumstantial evidence, and lack of evidence can be instrumental in lessened or dismissed charges and can lead to acquittal if a case goes to trial.