A Fort Gibson man appeared in Muskogee County District Court on Wednesday on one count of rape by instrumentation.

Walter Edward Kent Jr., 47, immediately posted a $30,000 bond and was released from Muskogee County/City Detention Facility before sunset. Kent is accused of “using his finger to penetrate the anus” of a 7-year-old child.

According to court documents, the alleged act occurred sometime between Jan. 1 and May 22 in Fort Gibson. Authorities allege Kent used — or threatened to use — force or violence to commit the alleged act.

Court documents filed July 23 indicate prosecutors intend to use hearsay evidence during the prosecution of the case, which was investigated by Fort Gibson police.

Kent was ordered to appear in court Aug. 15 for the felony sounding docket, at which time a preliminary hearing is expected to be scheduled.

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