Charge filed after cross burning in Woodward

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - A Woodward County man accused of burning a wooden cross at a mobile home park south of Woodward has been charged with outraging public decency.

The district attorney's office says the misdemeanor charge was filed Thursday against 19-year-old Ronald David Phillpott. An arrest warrant has been issued but jail officials said Friday morning Phillpott has not been arrested.

The charge stems from a Sept. 11 incident in which the sheriff's office received a report that several young men were burning a cross at a home in the trailer park.

Acting Woodward County Sheriff Don Bradley says when he arrived he found a cross smoldering and lying across an open burn pit in the yard.

An FBI spokesman says the agency assisted in the investigationbut the matter is being handled locally.

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