Oklahoma man arrested after 6-year-old girl alleges sexual assault ‘chilling, disturbing and truly heartbreaking’

PAWNEE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office says a local man is behind bars on multiple sex crime charges after a 6-year-old girl reported her sexual assault to Stroud police. .

On Friday, Jeremy Grant Keeling was booked into the Pawnee County Jail after he was arrested in Tulsa by the US Marshals Service on a number of sex charges, including first-degree rape of a child. children under 14 years old.

Pawnee County Sheriff Investigator Raymond Leach said he was contacted by the Stroud Police Department after a 6-year-old girl reported she had been sexually assaulted by Keeling.

Under oath during a forensic interview with the victim, she told investigators Keeling would buy her toys to “take care of him” and told her not to tell anyone because he was leaving. prison.

The 6-year-old victim told authorities, “[Keeling] was a terrible man,” and explained how she was forced to perform sexual acts because of him.

“The detail this child said about her assault is chilling, disturbing and truly heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what this kid went through to have the courage to get help, he’s a real hero,” Pawnee County Sheriff Darrin Varnell said.

After investigating and viewing the forensic interview, Leach worked closely with the Mike Fisher County District Attorney’s Office to obtain a warrant for Keeling’s arrest.

“He doesn’t wait, he doesn’t rest, he goes straight to work and neither does the DA office. They all come together with the goal of seeking justice and making sure this little girl is safe and will never get hurt again. That makes me proud of my deputies, even more proud to have the DA office fighting to protect the victims and the county commissioners helping us get there,” said Varnell.

Varnell said Keeling was arrested Thursday in a traffic stop on a company truck.

“Our partners at the US Police Department were able to bring him to a stop at Area 31 and Sheridan. Varnell said it was a felony stop. “He was successfully detained without incident and no one was injured. It’s a good day. ”

After his arrest, Keeling was taken to the Tulsa County Jail before being transferred to Pawnee County.

Keeling is a registered sex offender and was previously convicted and sentenced to federal prison for possession of child pornography.

His bond is set at $500,000 and will appear in court next week.

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