McALESTER - A Pittsburg County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against convicted child rapist David Harold Earls, 65. The grand jury accuses Earls of molesting a 5-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy between May 9 and July 20, 2008 in Pittsburg County. The indictment alleges he touched the children “in a lewd and lascivious manner.” The children are Earls’ rape victim and her brother who told his grandmother Earls encouraged him to molest his sister. Earls was scheduled to be released Sept. 24 from the Pittsburg County Jail on the earlier child rape conviction. “Earls will not be getting out of custody on Sept. 24. He may discharge his prior sentence but he will be held under bond pending trial on the new charges,” Attorney General Drew Edmondson said. Earls pleaded no contest May 13 to raping the girl he was babysitting. He set off a national firestorm when he plea bargained to one year in the county jail, with 19 years suspended. “I think justice will be served when these new allegations are tried and Mr. Earls receives a sentence commensurate with the heinous nature of his acts,” Edmondson said. Two counts involve allegedly fondling and putting his tongue on the girl. One count involves allegedly fondling the boy. Edmondson said his investigators worked in three states to uncover a history of sexual abuse that will prove beneficial once a trial has been scheduled. Earls’ daughter, Denise, and two of her relatives have publicly accused Earls of molesting them as children. Edmondson said today the judge acted appropriately in accepting the plea and the district attorney had limited resources in reaching the agreement. Edmondson said the grand jury considered Earls’ two prior felonies. On the new charges, he could face 20 years to life imprisonment. Earls made an initial court appearance today and bail was set at $400,000. Court Clerk Cindy Eller said he was found indigent and will qualify for a public defender. A judge will be assigned to the case and a preliminary hearing set. The grand jury’s work began Monday with testimony from the children’s mother and grandmother, and investigators. In the locked courtroom, the jurors also watched video in which the children were questioned.
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