A Marlow man found driving back into Stephens County with a teenager who was reported missing has been booked into jail on two charges of child sexual abuse.
Bradly Dean Bratcher, 26, resides in the county jail with bond set at $250,000.
Reports indicate law enforcement received a call of a missing or runaway juvenile, on Friday, July 12 in Foster. When SCSO deputies arrived to the scene, they were advised the minor, age 15, had been missing since the previous evening and the window had been unlocked in the child’s bedroom with the screen knocked out of it. Those speaking with law enforcement believed the minor was with Bratcher.
At that time, law enforcement learned Bratcher was driving westbound on Highway 29 towards Marlow from the Foster area. They intercepted Bratcher while he was traveling southbound on Highway 81 from Highway 29 and pulled him over for a non-working top center brake light. Deputies conducted a traffic stop at Arapaho and 4th Street in Marlow.
When deputies made contact with Bratcher, they informed him of the light and asked if he had been with the teenager that night.
According to reports, Bratcher said he had been with the missing teen and said the child had been taken home. When deputies told Bratcher they were still looking for the minor, he allegedly admitted he dropped the teen off about a mile from the house.
Law enforcement notes indicate Bratcher admitted he had been told by the child’s parents not to contact the minor and replied “yes” when asked if he thought it was wrong to continue to do so and then have the child sneak out of their home though he also told police the teen continued contacting him.
In an interview at the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Bratcher told law enforcement they had “been meeting the last couple weeks … they would kiss and that would lead to other things,” reports show.
An interview with the minor attested Bratcher’s interview. The victim told law enforcement they also sent pictures to each other.
During the interview with law enforcement, the victim told deputies they “didn’t say no but that he… kissed first and that he hasn’t dated anyone over the age of 18 in six years.”
Bratcher was booked without incident. Bond conditions state Bratcher shall have no contact with state witnesses. He will return to court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Sept. 4.