McALESTER — The grand jury considering evidence against child rapist David Harold Earls is expected to hear testimony from the mother of the child he raped and his own daughter. "Yes, I will be ... testifying,” the child’s mother said. Denise Earls, his daughter, said she feels confident she will be called to testify that her father raped her when she was 8 years old. "I just want to say what I have to say. I can deal with this one more time and I can move on and my dad can be held accountable for his actions,” Denise Earls, 43, said. She is one of at least three women who say Earls sexually abused them as children. She said she is pleased the grand jury has been called before Earls’ scheduled Sept. 24 release from jail. David Earls’ rape case attracted national attention when he plea-bargained one year in jail May 13 for the rape and forcible sodomy of a 4-year-old girl in Pittsburg County. He was allowed to consider time served in jail while awaiting trial and is currently scheduled to be jailed just 19 weeks beyond his May plea bargain. He also got 19 years suspended and must register as a sex offender. Attorney General Drew Edmondson sought the grand jury to consider "alleged lewd and lascivious acts against a child under 14.” Jury selection is scheduled to begin today before District Judge John Maley, followed by issuing of subpoenas for witnesses the rest of the week. Testimony is expected to begin Aug. 31 in Pittsburg County. Edmondson said his investigators followed leads in three states to uncover new allegations. "We also found a long history of alleged crimes against children, most of which cannot be pursued because of the statute of limitations,” Edmondson said. "However, knowledge of these past acts will help show a pattern of behavior when the case goes to trial.”
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