The Edmond Sun

March 25, 2013

OSBI arrests 3 in Guthrie Craigslist undercover op

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Authorities have arrested three men who thought they were going to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, police said.

Monday morning, Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force task force members arrested Johnie Larue Jones, 42, of Coyle, at the intersection of Iron Mound and Cimarron in Guthrie, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

Using a Craigslist website, the suspect allegedly solicited to meet an undercover task-force officer posing as a 15-year-old boy at a local restaurant in anticipation of having sex with the boy, Brown said. When the suspect did not locate the boy at the restaurant, he departed the area, Brown said.

Guthrie patrol officers stopped Jones and took him into custody, Brown said. Officers booked Jones into the Logan County jail on a complaint of lewd or indecent proposals or acts with a child and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, Brown said.

Friday afternoon, members of the task force from the Guthrie Police Department and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested two local men who solicited sexual acts and made lewd proposals to a minor, Brown said.

Agents arrested Wallace Walters, 46, of Guthrie, and Bobby Anderson, 26, of Guthrie, Brown said.

Using a Craigslist website, the suspects separately made lewd, sexual proposals to an undercover task-force officer posing as a 15-year-old boy and agreed to meet the boy at a local restaurant, Brown said.

The men arrived at the restaurant and when they did not locate the child they left the area, Brown said.

Guthrie patrol officers stopped Walters at the intersection of Iron Mound and Cimarron in Guthrie, Brown said. He was taken into custody and booked into the Logan County jail on complaints of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, Brown said.

Guthrie patrol officers then stopped Anderson at 2300 block of East Noble in Guthrie, Brown said. He was taken into custody and booked into the Logan County jail on an allegation of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, Brown said.

On Monday, one count of a lewd or indecent proposal and one count of violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, both felonies, were filed against Anderson in Logan County District Court.

Anderson’s bond has been set at $50,000, according to court records. The case is on the April 25 preliminary hearing docket. Anderson has not yet entered a plea in court.

Formal charges against the other suspects had not yet been filed Monday.