Two Tulsa brothers being sought for sexually abusing their female relatives
Wednesday, March 12th 2003, 12:00 am
News On 6
Tulsa Police are on the lookout for two brothers accused of sexually assaulting their female relatives for years, allegedly in the family's home.
News on 6 reporter Heather Johnson says according to detectives, the alleged victims in this case are two young girls, ages 14 and 16, who say they were subjected to repeated sexual abuse, sometimes within view of their parents.
One girl says it began when she was 11 years old. Tulsa Police have issued a warrant for suspects 19-year old Bradley Lane [pictured] and his 16-year old brother Kyle. Both face a series of charges, including sexual abuse of a minor. Kyle Lane is also charged with rape by instrumentation and forcible sodomy.
Investigators were alerted by an anonymous complaint of abuse to DHS. They say it's very difficult for victims in these cases to come forward on their own. Tulsa Police Detective Liz Egan, "Typically when children are involved, sometimes they don't report right away, especially when there are family members involved and that makes it all the more difficult for kids to report sexual abuse because of their relationship with the person because something like this is kept behind closed doors, they may be subject to various amounts of persuasion by other family members.â€
According to a police affidavit, the girls say whenever their mother witnessed the alleged abuse; she always defended her sons and instead tried to punish the girls. An arrest warrant has been issued for her as well.
State law requires citizens to report any sexual or physical abuse of a minor.