(AbsoluteNews.com) – There are a few people everyone should be able to trust implicitly: parents, first responders, doctors and clergy. When it’s a man of the cloth breaking the trust of his flock, it’s especially painful. That’s what allegedly happened in Oklahoma, and now the FBI is looking for more people he may have hurt.
In November, a federal grand jury indicted Roy Edward Williams. Authorities accuse the 63-year-old former Southern Baptist preacher of sexually assaulting five children. After he allegedly committed the abuse, he offered them payment and threatened them, attempting to keep them from telling others what he did. Federal authorities got involved in the case because Williams is a member of the Cherokee Nation. A grand jury indicted him on aggravated sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country, coercion and enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography.
The FBI is encouraging any possible abuse victims of a former Oklahoma preacher to come forward in the wake of his recent indictment. https://t.co/qg9L0wNRES
— The Oklahoman (@TheOklahoman_) December 2, 2021
According to Acting US Attorney Clinton Johnson, Williams allegedly committed the crimes from 2002 until 2018. Authorities accuse him of taking photos of some of his victims, who ranged in age from 7 to 16. Yahoo News reported the Oklahoma Baptists spoke out against the abuse, saying it “stands strongly against sexual abuse.”
The FBI is asking any other victims to contact authorities at 405-290-7770.
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