Oklahoma Sex Offense Suspect Captured

An Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing an a girl under the age of 12 was caught in Texas, nearly two weeks after his failure to appear in Stephens County court.  Charles Dyer, 31, of Duncan, a former Marine, was wanted by the FBI for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution after he failed to appear for a court hearing on August 15.  Dyer's Oklahoma criminal lawyer asserted that he did not know where his client was, and the defendant's SUV was found the next evening. According to news reports, the FBI, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and local officials were looking for Dyer when he was spotted near an elementary school south of Houston.  The school was placed under lockdown as Dyer was taken into custody. The court appearance for which Dyer failed to appear was related to his Oklahoma child sex abuse charge.  Dyer was accused by his ex-wife of raping his daughter.  Though his wife contends Dyer was violent and was guilty of child rape in Oklahoma, Dyer has persistently maintained his innocence.  He claims that his accuser is a heavy drug user and made up the allegations as vengeance for statements Dyer made to his estrange wife's new boyfriend about her character.  Dyer says that the false allegations made by his daughter were a result of her mother's coaching. Sergeant Charles Dyer originally went to trial on Oklahoma child molestation charges in April.  A jury deliberated the verdict for more than seven hours before announcing to the judge shortly before midnight on April 28 that they were hopelessly deadlocked.  The judge declared a mistrial. Character witnesses spoke on behalf of Dyer at his first trial, and the former Marine maintains that he is being set up by a vengeful ex-wife and that, because of his anti-government views, police and prosecutors are failing to investigate the case thoroughly.  Dyer is believed to be a member of the Oath Keepers, a non-profit organization that believes it is their right and duty to intervene when government actions are unconstitutional. Dyer was previously acquitted of a weapons offense in Oklahoma after he was charged with knowingly possessing a grenade launcher. According to authorities, Dyer committed no known crimes while he was on the run.  He was found with $1,000 and told police he had not eaten in four days.

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