Intoxicated Man Arrested for Lewd Acts at OKC Apartment Complex

An Oklahoma City man with a record of drunken run-ins with police was arrested over the weekend after allegedly harassing young girls at a local apartment complex. Police were called to the Knight Lake Apartments near Rockwell and Wilshire early Friday evening in response to reports that an apparently drunk man was driving through the parking lot and making lewd and inappropriate sexual comments to children. One girl told police that the man told her, "You look good today," and said that she and her friends did not need to be afraid of him. Witnesses say the suspect made sexual suggestions to the girls about performing oral sex on him. A resident of an apartment told police that the man, who sometimes babysat for her child, was asleep in her apartment, but that she wanted him removed because he "trashed the place." Police found Kevin Lloyd Balch, 42, asleep on a couch in the woman's apartment. When officers tried to place him under arrest, he became combative, causing injury to one officer's face and hands. Balch is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of assault and battery of a police officer, failure to comply with a lawful order of police, lewd or indecent acts or proposals to a child under 16, and public intoxication. As of this writing, Balch has not been formally charged. If the allegations against Balch are true, it will not be the first time he has been charged with assault on a police officer, alcohol related crimes, or even a sex offense. His prior criminal history includes:

  • 2nd degree burglary, 1991, Oklahoma County
  • 1st degree burglary and sexual battery, 1991, Oklahoma County
  • Assault on a police officer, amended to resisting arrest and deferred; 1996, Tulsa County
  • DUI, eluding an officer, two counts of assault and battery of a police officer (dismissed with costs), driving under suspension, improper turn, and failure to yield; 2005, Tulsa County
  • DUI after prior conviction, 2010, Tulsa County
Lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16 is a felony sex crime described in 21 O.S. § 1123 of the Oklahoma statutes. This section of law outlines a number of prohibited suggestions or actions involving minors, including looking upon a child under 16 in a "lewd or lascivious manner" and making any oral, written, or electronic suggestion to a child to engage in unlawful sexual conduct. The penalties for lewd acts violations depend upon the age of the minor or minors involved. If a child is at least 12 years old but younger than 16, conviction brings a sentence of 3 to 20 years in prison. However, if the child is younger than 12, a conviction of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in the state penitentiary.