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May Have Killed Self|
Lassek World Staff
former Broken Arrow youth minister dies of a bullet wound
hours after being told he would be charged with sex offenses
BROKEN ARROW -- A former youth minister at
Arrow Heights Baptist Church apparently killed himself early
Tuesday after police told him late Monday that he would be
charged with molestation and related offenses.
Randol, 38, died of an apparently self-inflicted .38- caliber
bullet wound to his chest, Police Capt. Daryle Bascom said.
The shooting occurred in Randol's garage, and the gun was
Randol's, Bascom said. Randol's wife reported the shooting, he
John Priddy, a Tulsa assistant district attorney,
said he approved felony charges against Randol on Monday.
Randol was to be arrested and formally charged Tuesday
with lewd molestation, rape by instrumentation, sodomy and
sexual abuse by a guardian, he said.
Priddy said the
charges stemmed from allegations that Randol sexually abused a
teen- age girl who attended the church.
incidents began when the girl was 13 and ended when she was
15, Priddy said, adding that the incidents allegedly occurred
at the church.
Bascom said the victim's mother had filed
Broken Arrow police went to Randol's home
Monday night to tell him that the charges had been approved.
Randol had been out of town, Bascom said.
Randol was the
youth minister at the church until he resigned in April. A
church secretary said Randol had worked for the church for one
year, but she refused to comment further. Pastor Bob Green was
unavailable for comment.
Bascom said Randol was also a
part-time volunteer chaplain for the police and fire
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