Rogers County Sheriff's Office arrested 39-year-old Joe Cheater Jr. on five counts of sexual related felony charges Friday afternoon. Cheater is a youth pastor for Catoosa area churches. Several female children between the ages of nine and 14 have come forward about Cheater. He is charged with two counts of first degree rape, and three counts of lewd and indecent proposals or acts with children under 16.
Rogers County neighbors are shaken up after hearing about Cheater’s alleged behavior.
“It's disgusting,” says resident Nathan Bradshaw. “It's really disappointing.”
“If he is guilty I think it's appalling,” says another resident Doug Quinn.
“What a sick individual who preys on young children,” says Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
Sheriff Walton says this investigation started months ago but after another victim came forward, deputies had enough evidence to support arresting Cheater.
“When we think of an innocent precious nine-year-old being victimized by a grown-up it's certainly aggravating,” says Sheriff Walton. “A lot of emotions go through investigators'minds.”
If Cheater's charges are proven true, residents say they want him locked up for good.
“People who get into a position of power like that and have a lot of people's trust, and they abuse it,” says Bradshaw.
“He is someone we put our trust in as far as our children and stuff and he is supposed to be setting an example not betraying people's trust,” says Quinn. “I pray that that never happens.”
Cheater is booked into the Rogers County jail in Claremore. His bond is set at $450,000.