A disturbing crime against a child was perpetrated by a reserve officer in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Authorities say 36-year-old Brandon Cross has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl.
Cross turned himself into the Garvin County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Cross was a reserve officer since 2016 following a career as a full-time officer in the early 2000s.
Along with Cross's surrender, Friday brought his resignation as a reserve officer. Police Chief Ken Moore said, "Having known him as long as I’ve known him, it was especially shocking."
"He was a good officer. He worked well with the officers, never had any problems with him," Moore said. He also said he has known Cross since high school and was shocked by the troubling charges.
Court documents reveal details surrounding Cross's disturbing crime including the fact he assaulted the 13-year-old girl numerous times during the summer of 2013.
Cross also threatened the victim and her family if she told anyone about the abuse he was inflicting on her. In December of 2015, the girl finally reported the assault to the Garvin County Sheriff's Office and an investigation ensued.
A local Wynnewood resident named Gerald Dixson said, "Police officers do wrong things too, they’re no different than anyone else. It’s a terrible, terrible crime, and if he’s guilty, I hope justice is swift."
Cross faces three felony charges which could result in a combined sentence of up to life in prison.
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