Idabel Judge Awards Custody Of Two Boys To Registered Sex Offender

Thursday, July 27th 2006, 6:25 am
By: News On 6

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) -- A McCurtain County judge has been asked to reconsider awarding custody of a woman's two boys to her ex-husband -- a registered sex offender.

Associate District Judge Michael DeBerry ruled last month that frequent moves by the boys' mother, Joni May Nelson, showed instability. DeBerry says the home of the father, Dustin Mitchell Seymour, is the more fit and proper custodial placement for the children.

Seymour was charged in August 2004 with three counts of second-degree rape and one count of interfering with an officer.

The charges came after Nelson said she found a videotape in his pickup that showed him having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. Nelson called police and Seymour was arrested.