Tahlequah man facing nine counts of sexual misconduct with minor released on bond
BY DALE ANN DEFFER World Correspondent
Friday, February 01, 2013
TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man facing nine counts of sexual misconduct with a minor was released on bond Wednesday.
Roxie Lee Wagers, 72, was released on $100,000 bond and ordered to wear an ankle monitor while under house arrest at a relative’s home in Owasso while he awaits trial.
Wagers was arrested on Jan. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and later charged with nine counts of lewd molestation and one count of attempted solicitation of a minor for indecent exposure, according to earlier reports.
According to U.S. Marshal's Deputy James Brown, a bond hearing was initially scheduled for Feb. 13 but was moved up to Wednesday by Special District Judge Mark Dobbins.
Brown said he considers Wagers a flight risk, noting he recently sold his ranch in FortGibsonand has close ties with people in Colombia. He said federal marshals and law enforcement officials in Oklahomaand Floridaspent more than $100,000 investigating the case and expressed disappointment in the judge’s decision.
“I feel like I have let the family down,” Brown said.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff’s detective Thomas Donnell, Wagers allegedly asked a 15-year-old relative and her friend to buy underwear with money he gave them so they would model them. He also allegedly exposed himself to the girls and fondled them.
Wagers is expected back in court for a hearing Feb. 13.
Roxie Lee Wagers, 72