Yukon man charged with child sex abuse

Accused of committing rape, lewd acts over six years

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Yukon man faces a lengthy prison sentence after being charged with sexually abusing a child over a period of six years.

Joshua Jay O’Daniel, 46, was charged Sept. 24 in Canadian County District Court with first-degree rape (victim under age 14) and four counts of child sexual abuse.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin alleges O’Daniel violated state law between May 2015 and May 2021 by having security intercourse with the female victim.

Prosecutors also accuse the defendant of “willfully and maliciously” sexually abusing the minor child between May 2015 and June 2021 by committing lewd acts “in a lewd and lascivious manner”, according to court documents.

Oklahoma City Police investigated the felony case against O’Daniel, of NE Foreman Road.

First-degree rape is punishable by not less than five years in prison.

Child sexual abuse is punishable by up to life in prison or one years in the county jail and/or a $500-$5,000 fine.

The defendant appeared with attorney Don Jackson at an initial arrangement Nov. 2 before District Judge Jack McCurdy.

The judge set bond at $50,000 on the rape charge and $20,000 on each of the four sexual abuse counts.

A preliminary hearing conference is set 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 before Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar.

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A misdemeanor charge of violating a protective order is pending against the defendant in Canadian County District Court.

A bench warrant was issued for O’Daniel’s arrest after he failed to appear for a Oct. 11th court hearing in that case. The warrant was served Oct. 26.

In another Canadian County felony case, O’Daniel in August 2019 was ordered to serve two weekends in the county jail as part of a five-year deferred sentence for actual physical control of a vehicle under the influence.

The Canadian County District Attorney’s Office recently filed motions to revoke the suspended sentence.