Lawton pastor charged with child sexual abuse

A Lawton church pastor has been charged with child sexual abuse following an investigation that prompted DHS officials to close a local juvenile group home.
by Randy Ellis Published: August 27, 2013
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A Lawton church pastor has been charged with child sexual abuse following an investigation that prompted DHS officials to close a local juvenile group home.

Bobby Glen Burrell, pastor of One More Soul Outreach Ministry, is accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of a 16-year-old boy after taking the boy from the group home to the church.

Burrell is only charged with one felony count of child sexual abuse. But Lawton police reported Burrell took several group home children on unauthorized trips and that “six possible juvenile victims were interviewed.”

In addition to being a pastor, Burrell, 28, was on staff as a youth guidance specialist at the privately run Sequoyah House in Lawton where the youths were living.

Three other Sequoyah House staff members, Stephanie Clanton, 32, Dekota Shedd, 39, and Chevonne Goins, 35, face misdemeanor counts of failure to report child abuse. Clanton is from Blanchard. Shedd and Goins are from Lawton.

Allegations of child sexual abuse were first reported to Lawton police by Sequoyah House programs director Cheryl Carroll on Oct. 11, according to police reports. Clanton, Shedd and Goins reportedly had known about the alleged abuse since Sept. 18, but failed to report it to law enforcement authorities.

The 16-year-old alleged victim told investigators that Burrell took him to the church in July 2012.

The boy said Burrell took him into the church office, locked the door behind him, and asked him to watch a pornographic video with him on his cellphone.

Burrell masturbated while he watched the video and encouraged the boy to watch the video and masturbate, as well, the boy said.

“At first, Burrell denied all allegations,” Lawton Police Detective Nancy Lombardo said in an affidavit.

Later, Burrell admitted masturbating in the church “bathroom” but contended it was the boy who had been watching the pornographic video and stated the boy had encouraged him to watch the video.


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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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