Former Vinita preacher charged for child sex crimes

Former Vinita Preacher Charged For Child Sex Crimes

CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. – A former Vinita preacher faces charges for the sexual abuse of five minors in Indian Country.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District of Oklahoma, filed charges this week against Roy Edward Williams. They indicted the 63-year-old with the following charges:

  • Coercion and Enticement of a Minor in Indian Country (Counts 1,3,5,6, and 8);
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country (Counts 2,4,9);
  • Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor Between 12 and 16 Years Old in Indian Country (Count 7);
  • and Possession of Child Pornography (Count 11).

The victims ranged from ages 7 to 16-years-old when the abuse happened, according to the Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

The Crimes

Authorities allege that Williams committed the sex crimes starting on or around November 2002 and as late as December 2018. According to the indictment, Williams also took sexually explicit photographs of several of the victims, paid or offered something of value to several victims immediately following the sexual abuse, and threatened several victims to prevent them from reporting the abuse to others.

According to the Attorney’s Office, authorities found Williams in possession of child pornography on June 24, 2019.

Williams was a preacher at Bunker Hill Baptist in Vinita, Oklahoma during the period of the abuse.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI encourage any other victims of Williams to come forward and contact the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office at (405) 290-7770.

Former Vinita Preacher Previously Charged

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Craig County District Court had previously filed charges against Williams. However, the court dismissed those charges in April 2021 because Williams is a Cherokee citizen and the alleged crimes happened within the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

The Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s Office then filed tribal charges against Williams in April. He is currently in tribal custody awaiting trial.

This week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office also filed charges in the case.

Complaints and Counts in the case of Roy Edward Williams