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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Business owner charged in child sex case

  • A downtown book store owner has been charged with lewd or indecent acts with a child and rape by instrumentation. Allen J. McKendrick, owner of Ashley’s Bookstore and More, was taken into custody Tuesday by Ardmore police. It is the sec...
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  • A downtown book store owner has been charged with lewd or indecent acts with a child and rape by instrumentation.
     
    Allen J. McKendrick, owner of Ashley’s Bookstore and More, was taken into custody Tuesday by Ardmore police. It is the sec­ond time APD investigators have arrested McKendrick in the case, which began Oct. 12. He was ar­rested Oct. 27 and booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending formal charges. But a day later he was released when District Attorney Craig Ladd announced he was declin­ing charges.
     
    At the time Ladd said he was asking investigators to conduct a “supplemental” inquiry into the allegations lev­eled against the 49-year-old Wil­son resident. The district attorney said he would consider filing charges when the supplemental in­vestigation was complete.
     
    Tuesday Ladd filed the two­count (charges) information in Carter County District Court. Subsequently a warrant for McKendrick’s arrest was issued. Within hours APD investiga­tors had McKendrick back in custody.
     
    According to court documents, McKendrick is accused of com­mitting both crimes “in the sum­mer of 2011.” Following the business owner’s arrest Tuesday, Sgt. Ryan Hun­nicutt, APD Public Informa­tion Officer, discussed the case, saying McKendrick originally became a suspect based on “al­legations of abuse that occurred at his downtown Ardmore busi­ness.”
     
    If convicted of the rape charge, McKendrick faces five years to life in prison. A conviction on the lewd acts charge carries a penalty of three to 20 years in prison. Ladd is seeking penalty enhancements on each of the charges.
     
    Accompanying the formal charges is information detailing former convictions. Court records show McKendrick was convicted in 1992 in two embezzlement cases in Wagoner County. The first case carried 131 counts, while the second case carried 160 counts.
     
    McKendrick is presently detained at the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of a $200,000 bond attached to the arrest warrant. He is expected to make an initial appearance in district court today.

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