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August 3, 2011

Molestation suspect appears in court

Girl, 9, and boy, 13, testify in closed session

A man accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl while another child hid in a closet has been bound over for district court arraignment.

Jesse Wilson Sr., 64, of Fort Gibson was arrested in January after police responded to a 13-year-old’s 911 call for help from the closet of a home on Rodeo Drive.

Wilson faces four counts of lewd molestation. He returns to court in September to enter a formal plea to the charges.

Jennifer Blunt, 28, was also arrested that day and charged with two counts of child abuse.

Both Blunt and Wilson were intoxicated when sheriff’s deputies arrived. The teenager was hiding in a closet with a knife and cell phone.

Blunt gave the cell phone to the teen and told him to hide and call 911, said Assistant District Attorney Nikki Baker.

Wilson, who was released on bond June 20, appeared at his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, using a cane and wearing a hospital wristband.

Blunt was present for the hearing with a family member, and cried when Special District Judge Robin Adair cleared the courtroom for the minors’ testimonies.

Both the 9-year-old and 13-year-old testified during the hearing.

Blunt pleaded guilty in March to two counts of child abuse and received 15 years probation and fines.

She is also a registered sex offender, and had to agree to testify against Wilson, Baker said.

Additionally, Blunt cannot be around any children under 18 years old and must complete a treatment plan with the Department of Human Services, according to her sex offender rules and conditions filed with the court clerk’s office.

A DHS worker testified at Wednesday’s hearing that the children are in state custody.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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