January 20, 2005

Pastor Accused of Molestation Waives Prelim Hearing


The Texoma man arrested back in October for child molestation finally had the chance to go before a judge this morning...but instead the former pastor waived that right.

KTEN’s Chelsea Hover has the details.

According to the Carter County District Attorney's office a preliminary hearing is meant to determine if there's enough evidence to find someone guilty. Apparently in this case, there was.

The accused pastor, Christopher Ragle of Healdton, Oklahoma, waived his right to a preliminary hearing today. He was arrested back in late October of 2004 for sketching and taking pictures of a four-year-old girl. She was a member of his congregation.

Thirty-four year old Ragle is charged with lewd acts with a child. The Carter County Sheriff's Department seized two computers used by Ragle. When the F.B.I. got involved, they used those for analysis.

“That was essentially the issue today,” said Assistant D.A., Craig Ladd, “whether or not there is probable cause to believe he’s guilty. He waived that right.”

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 06:59 AM