The Duncan Banner

January 21, 2010

Rape charges formalized against Dyer

Toni Hopper

DUNCAN — Charles Alan Dyer, 29, of Marlow, has been formally charged with one count of child sexual abuse in Stephens County District Court.

The charges were filed Wednesday by the District Attorney’s office and District Attorney Bret T. Burns. The charge, a felony, noted that the alleged incident took place Jan. 2, and included acts of rape and lewd or indecent acts against a child under the age of 18. The crime is punishable by up to one year in jail or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Dyer was arrested Jan. 12 by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office on the rape allegations. While deputies were at Dyer’s home on Hope Road in Marlow, they allegedly discovered items of interest in which a search warrant was executed for later.

As previously reported in The Banner, it was noted that the sheriff’s deputies saw several firearms and a device believed to be a Colt M-203, 40-millimeter grenade launcher.

After Dyer was in county custody, Sheriff Wayne McKinney contacted federal authorities with the knowledge that Dyer was a former United States Marine and had alleged ties to various militia groups. Dyer also has a YouTube channel ‘July4Patriot.’

A complaint was filed Jan. 14, in the United States District Court of Western Oklahoma by Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco Special Agent Brett Williams. The grenade launcher was recovered from Dyer’s residence and is reportedly one that was stolen from Fort Irwin, Calif., in 2006, as discovered by authorities when they entered the item into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, according to the complaint. The grenade launcher, a Class III, military grade, was one of three stolen from the military base, and not commonly available to civilians unless they possess a Federal Firearms License.

Dyer was charged with the violation of Title 26, United States Code 5861(d). The offense description is “possession of an unregistered destructive device,” a Colt M-203, 40 millimeter grenade launcher, serial number 49553.

McKinney said Dyer is in federal custody and not in the Stephens County Jail. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, McKinney said, as standard procedure, so that he can return to Stephens County to face the charges.

— Toni Hopper is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 132 or by e-mail at: