Oklahoma molestation defendant David Harold Earls waives hearing

A man whose case provoked national attention when he was sentenced to one year in jail for raping a 4-year-old girl has waived a preliminary hearing on molestation charges.
Oklahoman Modified: June 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm •  Published: June 28, 2010
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McALESTER (AP) — A man whose case provoked national attention when he was sentenced to one year in jail for raping a 4-year-old girl has waived a preliminary hearing on molestation charges.

Sixty-five-year-old David Earls waived the hearing Monday in Pittsburg County District Court. Earls' action means he will be bound over for trial.

A grand jury indicted Earls in September on three counts of lewd and lascivious or indecent acts with a child under 16. Earls is accused of molesting two children, a 5-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, in 2008. Arraignment is set July 9.

Earls pleaded no contest in May 2009 to first-degree rape on the 4-year-old girl. All but one year of a 20-year sentence was suspended.


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