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Hobart girl's relatives ‘devastated' by decision
No indictments issued in sexual abuse case

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By Randy Ellis Published: September 18, 2007
HOBART — A Hobart grandmother said Monday she was shocked after a Kiowa County grand jury investigating the alleged sexual abuse of her 8-year-old granddaughter adjourned Friday without issuing any indictments.

"That little girl has been condemned to a life of sexual slavery,” the paternal grandmother said. "We are just devastated. There are no words to describe how we feel.”

The identity of the grandmother and her granddaughter are not being disclosed by The Oklahoman to protect the privacy of the granddaughter.

The petition
The grandmother petitioned for the grand jury to be convened to investigate allegations that her granddaughter has been sexually abused for more than five years while the state Department of Human Services and local district attorney refused to take action.

The grand jury reported it interviewed 16 witnesses, examined 32 reports and viewed three videotapes before declining to issue indictments.

"We determined that there was not sufficient evidence in any matter submitted to us to warrant the issuance of an indictment,” the grand jury said in its report.

"It is further our finding that we heard no evidence to indicate any willful or corrupt misconduct or malfeasance in any office or on the part of any public officers of any description in Kiowa County.”

The grandmother said she testified at length before the grand jury, but complained that several key witnesses were never called.

"I don't understand how they could make a decision without hearing from professional people who say she was abused,” the grandmother said.

The grandmother contends the girl was abused by relatives of the child's mother.

Before the grand jury being convened, the grandmother provided The Oklahoman with copies of reports from doctors, nurses and social workers who examined, interviewed or observed her granddaughter and concluded that she appeared to have been sexually abused.

Multiple reports of sexual abuse were made to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Kiowa County district attorney, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Kiowa County Sheriff's Department, Kiowa County district judge and Hobart Police Department, according to the grand jury petition.

Kiowa County District Attorney John Wampler stated previously that the allegations of sexual abuse surfaced during a bitter divorce and custody battle.

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