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June 18, 2013

Local man’s preliminary hearing is rescheduled on sexual abuse charge

ENID, Okla. — A local man’s preliminary hearing on a charge of sexually abusing a child has been rescheduled to July 26.

Jose De Lopez, 57, is accused of touching a 10-year-old girl sometime between August 2011 and July 2012.

He faces up to life in prison and a fine of $500 to $5,000 if convicted of the felony charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers spoke with a man who said he was being accused of raping a 10-year-old girl. Lopez told police he wanted to cooperate with the investigation, and the girl’s parents were accusing him of touching the girl’s breasts.

On July 10, 2012, Detective John Robinson spoke with the girl and her mother.

Robinson met with the girl a week later and conducted a forensic interview. The girl told Robinson when she moved to Oklahoma in August, Lopez began touching her breasts on an almost daily basis, according to the affidavit.

Police interviewed Lopez July 18, 2012, and explained the allegations that were made, and Lopez initially denied ever touching the girl.

Further into the interview, Lopez admitted to touching the girl one time about a month before, according to the affidavit. Lopez wrote an apology letter, stating he hoped the girl would forgive him.

Lopez told Robinson touching the girl was not an accident, but he did not intend to do anything else or touch her anywhere else, according to the affidavit. Lopez was arrested following the interview.

Staff writers Cass Rains and Jessica Salmond contributed to this story.

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