Cleveland County Judge Steve Stice ruled Tuesday that Lawrence Robert McEwen is set for formal arraignment at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 before Judge Lori Walkley in connection with felony charges involving allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager, according to the Oklahoma State Courts Network. He is accused of fondling a teenager in late 2018.
The former KOCO storm chaser was initially charged with three counts of lewd molestation/indecent proposal to a child and one count of performing lewd acts in the presence of a minor.
During the preliminary hearing, the judge amended the fourth charge as looking upon or inappropriately touching a child under 16 in a lewd manner and added an additional count of looking upon or inappropriately touching a child under 16 in a lewd manner and one of forcing a child to touch or feel the body of the child or another person, according to OSCN.
The teenager testified in court against McEwen during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Stice’s courtroom.
The child’s mother reported to Blanchard police in February that the teen had been touched inappropriately over the preceding four to five months and said McEwen forced her child to use sexual devices and two times had the teen pull down their pants under the guise of checking for a hernia.
Blanchard police shared its findings to the Noble Police Department, where the alleged incidents occurred. Noble Officer Joe Kahlden visited the Mary Abbott Children’s House on March 5 in reference to a forensic interview.
McEwen’s bond is set at $100,000.