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OK County Detention Officer Accused Of Sex With Underage Boy

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An Oklahoma County Detention officer is the one behind bars Thursday night, accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

The 26-year-old officer has worked here at the Oklahoma County jail as a detention officer since last June. He's used to working on the 13th floor in the medical unit, but now finds himself in a booking cell on $50,000 bond.

According to the police report, an officer found 26-year-old Derek Wayne Roberts waiting inside his car near the intersection of SE 71st St. and Plains Ave. in Choctaw around 11 p.m. Wednesday. A neighbor in the area noticed the car and thought Roberts looked suspicious, so he called police.

"I'm just very glad that we have neighbors that keep an eye on things," said Melanie de Gaston. "I'm glad they called."

Melanie de Gaston lives right by the intersection and was shocked to hear Roberts was waiting to meet a 15-year-old boy there for sex.

"I've got young kids and teenage boys," said de Gaston. "That's really scary."

The report states Roberts told the officer he was meeting a friend and that shortly after a young man walked up the road to meet him. As it turns out, that young man was only 15 and admitted to having sex with Roberts.

The teenager's parents tell News 9 he admitted meeting Roberts over the internet, on a site called Skout.com. They did not want to appear on camera, but issued the following statement:

"We want to warn other parents that giving their children free reign of the internet can be a very dangerous thing. These sexual predators are smart in the way they converse to our youth in an attempt to lure them. In this tech savvy generation, we as parents need to INVADE our children's privacy."

That mom and dad tell News 9 they had parental controls on their computer, but that their son accessed that website on his cell phone.

News 9 checked with the Oklahoma County Sheriff who tells us as soon as he was given details of the arrest, he immediately fired Roberts.

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