Homeless man arrested on complaints of lewd act with child at Oklahoma City shelter

Valente Gilberto Harris, 30, was arrested at the City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City after the mother of an 8-year-old boy there reported that Harris had molested her son.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Published: March 20, 2013

A man arrested at a homeless shelter claims he just was “teaching sex education” to a boy, Oklahoma City police said.

Valente Gilberto Harris, 30, was arrested Tuesday at the City Rescue Mission, 800 W California Ave., on two complaints of lewd acts with a child.

Police went to the shelter about 4:15 p.m. after the victim's mother reported her 8-year-old son was being sexually molested, according to the incident report.

The boy told his mother Harris made him get into bed with him and touched the boy inappropriately, according to the report.

The mother told police it was the first she heard about it, but the boy told her it had happened several times. She and her children have been staying at the shelter for five months, police said.

According to the report, Harris told police, “Man, the only thing I'm guilty of is teaching sex education. I just taught him about sex.”

He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and his bail was set at $30,000.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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