By Conrad Dudderar
An investigation that started with a call to Yukon Police from a concerned grandmother led to the arrest of an Arcadia man who allegedly posted online as a 13-year-old boy to lure underage girls for sex.
Holden Brook Clayton, 23, was formally charged Aug. 8 with first-degree rape (child under 14) in Logan County District Court. Bond was set at $150,000.
The defendant, represented by attorney Lance Phillips, pleaded not guilty to the felony charge at his Aug. 9th arraignment before Associate District Judge Louis A. Duel.
Clayton’s arrest came after the grandmother contacted the Yukon Police Department Aug. 8 to report that “her granddaughter had run away”, according to an Aug. 22 social media post by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Using the girl’s phone to pinpoint her location, Yukon Police tracked her to a vehicle being driven by Clayton.
After a traffic stop, the defendant was taken to Yukon Police headquarters where he was interviewed by a Yukon police detective.
Clayton said he met the victim on a social media app, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Logan County District Court.
“The defendant stated they spoke for a brief time where the victim agreed to meet him and go to his house to ‘cuddle’,” an OSCO investigator wrote in the signed affidavit. “The defendant continued to say they began watching TV while laying in bed. The defendant stated the victim and he then had sexual intercourse.”
Clayton then drove the girl back to Yukon where police stopped his vehicle.
In a separate interview with both OCSO and YPD investigators, Clayton “advised he messed up and met a girl and took her to his house where they had sex,” the court affidavit reads.
“When the defendant was pressed on why he messed up, he stated because she was only 13.”
Clayton allegedly admitted he had used the same ruse to meet three other girls between 13 and 16 years old to have sex in the past year.
While examining Clayton’s cellphone, investigators allegedly found child pornography with videos and pictures of girls ranging from 8 to 16 years old.
The sheriff’s office is now trying to find other potential victims.
Anyone who has been in contact with Clayton – or knows someone who has – is asked to call OSCO investigators at (405) 713-1017.
Clayton’s next court date in the child rape case is Nov. 16 on the docket of Logan County Special Judge Susan C. Worthington.
More charges are possible as the investigation continues.