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Ringling man convicted of child sexual abuse offenses

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
David Eugene Boswell

A Ringling man pled guilty to two felony charges in a child sexual abuse case last week.

According to Carter County court documents, David Eugene Boswell, 61, pled guilty to two counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 on Jan. 21.

Boswell reportedly received 20 years in jail, with all but 10 years suspended for the first count and 25 years with all but 10 suspended for the second count— meaning that Boswell will spend 11 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Boswell will be on probation for the remaining years, with a chance of serving the extra 34 years if he violates his probation.

According to court documents, 20 years in the custody of the DOC is the max punishment Boswell could have received for the first count and a second count is punishable by no less than 25 years.

Lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 is considered an 85% crime, or one of the most harmful crimes that can be committed, in Oklahoma.

The charges stem from two separate incidents where Boswell sexually molested and tried to rape the victim.

Allegations that Boswell had sexually molested and tried to rape the victim were first reported to the Lone Grove Police Department in Jan. 2010, according to court documents. Boswell was around 51-years-old at the time and the victim was under the age of 10.

A medical examination conducted on the victim at the time revealed a notch in the victim’s hymeneal tissue, which an affidavit by an OSBI investigator on the case stated were concerning findings.

Boswell had reportedly told the victim she would be arrested if she reported him to the police following the Jan. 2010 incident. However, the victim told her mother and a teacher about the situation.

The second incident Boswell is being charged for occurred around March or April of 2017, according to court documents. Boswell was 59-years-old at the time and the victim was under 16.

An agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation conducted a forensic interview with the victim on April 26, 2017 at the request of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department.

During the interview, the victim recalled several occasions throughout her childhood where Boswell sexually molested or tried to rape her. Other interviews with witnesses also revealed previous instances in which Boswell was accused of sexual abuse.

If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, you have a legal responsibility to report it. Reports can be made at any time to the DHS Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-522-3511. The hotline is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.