Neighbors of Hugo man charged with lewd molestation stunned

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HUGO, OK -- Neighbors of a Choctaw county man charged with lewd molestation are stunned with the accusations.

53-year-old Curtis Lee Martin, of Hugo, was arrested Wednesday morning on two counts of lewd molestation, but neighbors we talked to don't want to believe the charges are true.

"When I heard about all the things going on over there, I was like that's not Curtis. said neighbor Earl Howery. "I've known him for a long time and I ain't heard anything like that."

"If he was going to do something he would of done something to us, but he never did it." another neighbor said.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation believes Martin molested two minors in his home in 2011.

Investigators say the children told their mother about the molestation, but their mom never reported it to authorities. She died in December then a family member came forward.

"The family member had brought up the fact that these children had informed the mother that Mr. Martin had sexually abused them a couple of years earlier." said OSBI Special Agent Sonny Stewart.

During the investigation authorities found that Martin pleaded guilty in 1991 to child molestation, before Oklahoma sex offenders were legally required to register.

Investigators say they were able to locate several others allegedly abused by Martin.

"A lot of investigation went into it, which resulted in us locating some other victims as far back as the early 1980s." said Stewart.

Authorities urge anyone that has been victimized by Martin to contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at (580) 271-1076.