Wynnewood reserve officer charged with rape

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (KXII) -- A Wynnewood Reserve Officer turned himself in to the Garvin County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon, charged with raping a teenage girl.

Brandon Cross, 36, has worked as a reserve officer since 2016, formerly a full-time officer in the early 2000's. But the police chief says Friday Cross resigned, after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

"Having known him as long as I've known him, it was especially shocking." Police Chief Ken Moore said.

Moore said he has known Cross since he was in high school, and finds the charges against his officer troubling.

"He was a good officer. He worked well with the officers, never had any problems with him." Moore said.

A warrant was issued for Cross' arrest Wednesday, court documents stating throughout the summer of 2013 he assaulted the teenager numerous times.

The documents also say he threatened the girl and her family if she talked. But in December of 2015, the girl reported it to the Garvin County Sheriff's Office who opened an investigation.

"Police officers do wrong things too, they're no different than anyone else," Wynnewood resident Gerald Dixson said. "It's a terrible, terrible crime, and if he's guilty, I hope justice is swift."

But Moore says everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

"I have always, and I tell my officers that, I will always give them the benefit of the doubt." Moore said.

If convicted of the three felonies, Cross could face up to life in prison.



 
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