An Oklahoma City attorney denies having sex with children, and he claims the FBI is investigating his trips to Peru because of a former friend’s lies.
“No, never, none of us did,” attorney Michael Dean Billings said of the child sex allegations. “We wouldn’t have done that for anything.”
The FBI is investigating multiple trips Billings, 58, and Ada bail bondsman Robert Earl Pierce, 60, made to Iquitos, Peru.
The FBI calls the poverty-stricken city along the Amazon River “a known child sex tourism destination.”
“The Latin America human rights group, La Restinga, estimated there are more than 1,000 minors in the city of 422,055 people in Iquitos involved in sex trafficking,” the FBI stated last year.
The inquiry came to light last October when an FBI special agent asked an Oklahoma City federal judge for permission to search the bail bondsman’s laptop computer, cellphones and camera.
Both men were detained by Peruvian authorities last September, after the bail bondsman took a 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room, FBI agent Scott Lobb reported in a court affidavit.
In Pierce’s room, authorities found 22 condoms, Viagra tablets, four large bags of candy, 26 U.S. $100 bills, gift books and extra small Victoria’s Secret female undergarments, according to the affidavit.
During the trip, both men discussed with an FBI informant their “conquests ... with young girls” in previous trips to Peru, the FBI agent also reported.
Pierce told the informant he used Facebook to reach out to the Peruvian girls, offer them gifts and line them up for his arrival, the agent reported in a second court affidavit.
Billings told the informant, “He gets online and he tells the girls, ‘I am a kind and generous man,’” the agent also reported.
The FBI got permission in October to search Pierce’s Facebook account.
New steps taken
The FBI took new steps in the investigation this month.
On March 7, the FBI special agent, Lobb, asked the judge for permission to search Pierce’s Facebook account, again. The agent reported Pierce is planning a return trip to Peru and has sent $3,810 to five different girls in Peru since Sept. 30.
The agent on March 14 asked a judge for permission to search the Facebook page and emails of a Purcell man who works for Billings.
The agent told the judge there is probable cause to believe Mitchell Rogers, 43, of Purcell “tampered with witnesses at Billings’ direction in an attempt to cover up Billings’ crime.”
The agent reported Billings has asked a Peruvian man to testify he never was with underage girls. The agent identified the man as “a person this investigation has determined procured young girls for Billings in the past.”
The agent also reported Rogers told the man in February that money had been sent to him after Rogers suggested what the man tell police.
Billings and Rogers both insisted they have not tampered with witnesses. Both said they have always asked everybody just to tell the truth.
Rogers is the manager of Midway Island, a small strip club on NW 10 Street in Oklahoma City. Billings said he is a stockholder in the club.