Sulphur man charged with sexual battery

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SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) -- Court documents say 47-year-old Daniel Floyd James inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl with both his hand and a massager on December 2nd.

Police say the incident occurred at James' home in Sulphur.

"Any time a child is involved, it's just, it's just, sickening to me," says Sulphur Police Chief David Shores.

"That is shocking," says neighbor Susie Jolly.

Jolly saw law enforcement officers parked outside James' home that day.

"I was looking out the door for my ride and I saw two police cars go by, and then I saw the sheriffs car go by," recalls Jolly.

James is a Licensed Professional Counselor candidate. He formerly worked for Southern Oklahoma Family Services, which helps families dealing with sexual abuse, physical abuse and offers other mental health services.

Oklahoma law requires counselor candidates complete 2,000 hours of supervised work and various exams to become licensed.

The Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure says they were unaware of James' current situation, but are now looking into the matter.

"We like to protect our children here in Sulphur and our other citizens too," says Shores.

"I just think it's terrible and I really feel bad, for the little girl, because that's something she won't ever forget," says Jolly.

James appeared in court Monday. A judge released him on his own recognizance and ordered him not to have any contact with the victim.

If convicted, James faces up to five years in prison. He's due back in court next month.

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