Tulsa Police arrest a registered sex offender on a complaint of raping an 11-year-old girl


Friday, February 8th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


A convicted child rapist is in jail, again. Tulsa Police say he lured an 11-year-old girl into a vacant house and raped her.

This is the third time David Beasley has been arrested for sexual crimes against children. News on Six reporter Tami Marler explains why police are frustrated by a pattern they see too often. While a group of children were playing outside some abandoned homes, police say David Beasley was waiting inside. Tulsa Police detective, Liz Egan, "And um, he had enticed this little girl to an abandoned house that he'd had a key for and told her he needed to talk to her and had some money for her."

Egan of Tulsa Police Sex Crimes unit says the girl knew Beasley from the neighborhood, but she didn't know about his past. "He threatened physical violence if she made any noise or she left the house, so she stayed in the house while he went back outside and kind of got rid of some of her friends. And then um he came back to the house and took her to another abandoned house that he had a key for and that's where the sexual assault took place."

In fact, Egan says that Beasley - a convicted child rapist - was a maintenance worker in this area, and he had free and easy access to several of the homes there.

The property owner refused to comment about why Beasley had keys, when he had a record of violent sexual behavior. A record that anyone could find on the Tulsa Police sex offenders' registry. David Beasley is listed, with two prior convictions for sex crimes against children.
"And I was amazed that he had only spent a little over 8 years on this 20 year sentence."

It's not so amazing when you look at Oklahoma prison records. More than 2,000 child molesters are sentenced to an average of about 17 years, four won't ever leave prison, and 25 are serving life sentences. But most only serve 46% of their sentences, compared with 43% for rape, and 51% for assault. "It's really unfair to this victim, and I feel bad for her, not only for what happened, but for the reason that he shouldn't have been out." Police are encouraged by new "Truth in Sentencing" laws, which require sex offenders to serve 85% of their sentence. That law does not apply to those convicted before 1999.

If you want to check your Tulsa neighborhood for registered sex offenders and you don't have Internet access, you can call 596-9150.