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An Oklahoma City man has been accused in Cleveland County District Court of groping two young girls last May while working as a janitor at Santa Fe Elementary School.

Ronald Joe Valentine, 58, was charged last week with two counts of lewd molestation, after an investigation into what was first described by the girls as "hugs that they weren't comfortable with."

According to a court affidavit, interviews with the girls revealed, among other allegedly improper actions, that Valentine was groping the chest and buttocks of the girls from behind, while the girls put their lunch trays up in the school cafeteria.

One of the victims said Valentine began touching her inappropriately about three years ago, and that she witnessed him doing the same to about 15 other girls. The girl said she was "best friends" with Valentine until she realized his hugs were touching her in inappropriate places, according to the affidavit.



Sexual assault

A Moore man, allegedly posing as a service recruiter, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in front of her residence, and driving by her house several times afterward, harassing her.

John Nolen Griffin, 29, was charged Aug. 24 in Cleveland County District Court with a felony count of sexual battery, and a misdemeanor count of stalking.

According to a court affidavit, Griffin introduced himself to the woman as an Army recruiter last Friday, and engaged her in conversation while standing outside her St. George Circle residence in Moore.

Griffin "abruptly hugged the victim, placed his hand on her buttocks" and asked the woman, 'Do you mess around?' according to the affidavit.

Griffin admitted his actions in an interview, police said, but claimed placing his hand on the woman's buttocks was an accident.

The victim said Griffin drove by her house several times in the past week, stopping once and telling the woman "how good his shirt would look on her," according to the affidavit.



Police chase

A Chickasha man is accused of ramming a Moore scout car while trying to elude an officer early Thursday, then leading the officer on a high-speed chase before abandoning the stolen car, police reported.

Leslie Dean Brock, 33, was charged Thursday in Cleveland County District Court with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (automobile) and misdemeanor counts of attempting to elude an officer and driving under suspension.

According to a court affidavit, a Moore policeman was westbound in the 1000 block of Northeast 27th Street in Moore around 2:50 a.m., when he saw a car traveling in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. The officer said he noticed the vehicle's tag light was out when the car passed him. He turned his car around and gave chase with lights activated, according to the affidavit.

The car being chased stopped in the middle of the road, and the driver put the car in reverse and rammed the officer's car, causing damage to the vehicle's front end, the affidavit said.

The chase continued north on Sunnylane with speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, and the defendant running the stop sign at Sunnylane and Northeast 27th. The driver turned onto a field in the area of 97th and Sunnylane and the officer lost sight of the car, according to the affidavit. The car later was discovered abandoned in the field, police reported.

After calling in and learning the vehicle was stolen from Oklahoma City, police spotted the defendant around 89th and Sunnylane without any clothes on. The man's clothes were located in the area of the abandoned stolen car, according to the affidavit.

Other felonies filed recently include:

? Justin Price Wells, 18, Oklahoma City, unlawful possession of controlled drugs within 1,000 feet of a school;

? Sean Wayne McConnell, 18, Oklahoma City, unlawful possession of controlled drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.

? Russell Melvin Preston, 30, Oklahoma City, knowingly concealing stolen property;

? Kimberly Dawn Fredrickson, 40, Moore, unlawful possession of a controlled drug, after former conviction of a felony;

? Anthony Gene Henderson, 20, Moore, false declaration of ownership, after former conviction of a felony;

? John Robert Salter, 18, Oklahoma City, unlawful possession of a controlled drug.

? Cody Alan Sitlington, 24, Moore, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (automobile), after former conviction of a felony; and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury.

? Parker Darin Puckett, 39, Oklahoma City, unlawful possession of burglary tools;

? Jose Andres Sanroman, 29, Oklahoma City, unlawful possession of a controlled drug;

? Stephen Joseph Ferrari, 44, Oklahoma City, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, after former conviction of a felony.

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