Accused killer, rapist was juvenile sex offender


Saturday, October 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) _ A 19-year-old man accused of murdering a 7-year-old Oilton girl and raping a 12-year-old girl was a juvenile sex offender, according to records released by a Creek County judge Friday.

Robert Wayne Rotramel's juvenile records show that in February 1994, when Rotramel was 13, an Oklahoma juvenile court ruled that the state proved the boy had committed forcible sodomy.

The court allowed Rotramel to remain in the custody of his parents. Two months later, he was placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services to undergo a treatment program for teen-age sex offenders.

Special District Judge Russell Miller had earlier rejected a motion from the Tulsa World to have the records opened. That motion sought to open all juvenile court and law enforcement records relating to Rotramel. The records opened Friday were requested by KOTV and OETA.

The records show that Rotramel had been court-ordered to the L.E. Rader Juvenile Treatment Center near Sand Springs for treatment as a sex offender.

Rotramel is charged with the murder of Christi Blevins and the first-degree rape of the 12-year-old girl. The offenses occurred in August after the girls were abducted from the younger girl's yard and they were taken to an abandoned house.

Rotramel is also charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count each of lewd molestation and forced sodomy. He faces a preliminary hearing on Oct. 16

Oilton residents were outraged that a 19-year-old man with a history of sexual attacks against children could be residing in their community without anyone knowing it.

Relatives of the victims are leading a petition drive to have teen sex offenders listed much as adult offenders are. The state Legislature would have to create the law.

A 1996 state law allowed news media to request that Rotramel's records be opened. The law says that juvenile court and law enforcement records of juveniles ``can be opened when they are charged with murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and various other violent crimes.''