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A Ringling man is being charged with two counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under the age of 16.
According to Carter County court documents filed Aug. 29 and signed by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Handke, David Eugene Boswell is accused of “knowingly and intentionally” touching the breasts and private parts of the victim with his hand and mouth on two separate occasions.
The first incident reportedly occurred around December, 2009, when Boswell was 51 years old and the victim was under the age of 10.
Allegations that Boswell sexually molested and tried to rape the victim were reported to the Lone Grove Police Department in January, 2010 and a forensic interview was conducted with the victim on Jan. 12, according to an affidavit by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent Justin Brown.
Brown began investigating the case in April, 2017 after a Carter County Sheriff’s Deputy requested assistance from the OSBI.
According to the affidavit, a medical examination conducted on the victim in 2010 reportedly revealed a notch to the victim’s hymeneal tissue.
“The report indicated that, while the findings were not 100% diagnostic, these abnormalities were more often seen following hymeneal trauma and tearing than in children who do not give a history of penetration,” the affidavit read.
The second incident allegedly occurred around March or April, 2017 when Boswell was 59 and the victim was under the age of 16.
According to the affidavit, a second forensic interview was conducted with the victim on April 24. In the interview, the victim recalled several occasions throughout her childhood where Boswell had tried to rape her.
Interviews with witnesses also revealed previous instances in which Boswell was accused of sexually abusing other relatives.
Boswell is potentially facing imprisonment up to 45 years.