Lawton_A Lawton man has been accused of committing lewd acts with three underage boys. The Comanche County Sheriff's Department arrested 42-year-old Gary Dale Thomason yesterday after receiving a complaint about 12:30 Sunday morning. The person calling told authorities that a man had had inappropriate physical contact with three teenage boys at a baseball park in Indiahoma - two of the boys are 15, and the other is 14.
Sheriff Stradley says Thomason has been in contact with at least one of the boys for quite a while, both on the internet, and through text messages using their cell phones. Stradley said Thomason had arranged to meet with the boys on Saturday night at about 9:30 p.m. "They decided to meet with him just west of Cache on Old-62," said Stradley. "They met up with him and went driving around in his pick-up, and wound up at the ballfield."
Stradley says it was there where Thomason sexually assaulted the boys. "We also brought the boys in, and as we interviewed the boys, we found out that one of them had a picture of him on their phone," he said. The picture helped authorities to identify their suspect, and the sheriff's department also got a tip about where Thomason worked. Investigators were able to get him to turn himself in.
Stradley says he is pleased they were able to quickly bring charges against Thomason. "My guys have done an outstanding job putting this case together," he said. "Within less than 48-hours we had him arrested, and we really wanted to get this guy off the street," said Stradley. "Anybody that's like this, we really, really pull out all the stops to get them."
Thomason's bond was set at $15,000 and he faces 3-20 years in prison for the felony charge of lewd acts toward a minor. His trial is set to begin in late June.