Man accused of child sex crimes bound over for trial

Robert Craig

A man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl for years was bound over for trial Monday in Pittsburg County District Court.

Robert Glen Craig, 39, of Stuart, is set for district court arraignment on Dec. 18 on three counts of child sexual abuse, rape by instrumentation – child under 14, oral sodomy, and lewd molestation – child under 12.

The man was charged in October after a 10-year-old girl came forward with allegations of Craig sexually abusing her for several years, according to documents filed in Pittsburg County District Court.

Craig’s attorney, Matthew Sheets, told the News-Capital that Craig maintains his innocence and that his client looks forward to a fair hearing where he can prove it.

Testimony was heard from numerous investigators regarding the investigation into the allegations.

A continuing objection was made by Sheets in regard to the testimony from a sexual assault nurse and a child advocate who examined and spoke with the 10-year-old girl on the grounds of their statements being made were “heresay, within heresay, within heresay.”

Testing of evidence seized from Craig’s residence for DNA was still ongoing by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, according to testimony from investigators.

An RV known as the Joey Bus was provided by Oklahoma Interviewing Services and was on stand-by if the court needed to hear testimony from the 10-year-old via closed-circuit television.

Pittsburg County special District Judge Brian McLaughlin found enough evidence was available to bind over Craig on the six charges without testimony from the alleged victim.

According to OIS, the Joey Bus provides a comfortable and non-threatening environment for children and other persons to be interviewed without exposure to a courtroom environment.

Craig remained in the Pittsburg County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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