NORMAN — A Lexington man has been charged with sexually abusing two relatives dating back to 2009.

On Monday, Anthony Scott Moser, 47, was charged with 17 felonies including first-degree rape of a child under 14, performing lewd or indecent acts with a child and child sexual abuse in connection the sexual abuse of two children.

According to a probable cause affidavit for arrest, on Nov. 15, Purcell Police Department detectives interviewed Moser in regard to the allegations.

During the interview, Moser confessed to sexually assaulting to the two victims numerous times. He admitted to forcing both victims to perform sexual acts, the affidavit read.

According to a report from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the state saw 15,187 children cases of child abuse and neglect in Fiscal Year 2016, including 689 victims from Cleveland County.

State statistics also show that 80 percent of perpetrators were family members.

According to the CDC, younger children are the most vulnerable to abuse, with about 24 percent of victims being a year old or younger.

Oklahoma court records reveal Moser has no previous criminal record. He is being held in the Cleveland County jail on $1,000,000 bond.

NPD initiate Operation Cadence for holiday weekend

As shoppers flood local stores to take advantage of Black Friday deals, the Norman Police Department will be out in full force implementing the start of its holiday safety enforcement project, Operation Cadence. The safety project focuses on high-visibility enforcement in areas that will have an increased level of holiday travel and shopping activities.

Named in memory of Cadence Gordon, who was tragically killed in a collision caused by a driver under the influence of narcotics in Norman on Labor Day in 2013, the operation will focus on safe driving, reducing impaired driving and limiting key property crimes in shopping areas.

During the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend, 904 crashes occurred on Oklahoma roads. Ten of those crashes were fatal, and 40 percent of the fatalities were alcohol or drug-related. 

To stop impaired drivers and eliminate other social harms, Norman police will deploy safety enforcement projects through the end of December. Patrons can expect an increased presence of officers focused on occupant protection, hazardous traffic violations, impaired driving, and deterrence of crimes such as larceny and robbery. Officers will show zero tolerance.

This holiday season, the Norman Police Department encourages residents to keep in mind the following safety tips:

• Do not drink and drive. If you are going to consume alcohol, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. If impaired, call a taxi, friend or family member to drive you home.

• Buckle up.

• Practice attentive driving. Avoid using your cell phone while behind the wheel.

• Watch your speed. Always obey the posted speed limit.

• Drive confidently, not aggressively.

• Hide valuables inside your vehicle. Lock your car. Take your keys.

The Operation Cadence holiday safety enforcement projects are done in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

Jacob McGuire is the Crime and Courts reporter for The Norman Transcript. McGuire is currently pursuing his MPA at the University of Oklahoma.

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