Former Roland officer arrested

For molesting a 12-year-old

A former Roland police officer is charged with a felony for lewd molestation and turned himself into Sequoyah County law enforcement authorities Friday.

Michael James Porter, 51, of Roland, is accused of “knowingly and intentionally looking upon, touching, and feeling the body or private parts of a 12-year-old girl in a lewd and lascivious manner,” according to an arrest affidavit signed on Sept. 10 by Sequoyah County District Attorney Jack Thorp.

Porter was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail Friday then released on a $25,000 bond, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane who said Porter did a “walk through” and was released that same day.

Porter’s court date has been set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Sequoyah County District Court.

An arrest warrant was issued for Porter following allegations of lewd molestation made against him by the family of the young girl.

During an investigation conducted by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s investigator Cindy Smith, the young girl reported Porter inappropriately touched her beginning in Jan. 2019, in private areas telling her several times “Don’t tell your mom.” She stated the last incident occurred during March 2020 when she was visiting her mother.

The young girl reported she was living with her biological father and stepmother. However, the incidents would occur during the times she had visited her mother.

During the interview the girl stated at one point, she had told her mother Porter had been “massaging her” and her mother told her she (the young girl) was “seeking attention.”

The investigators report also includes other times Porter had inappropriately touched the young girl who provided not only addresses of where the incidents took place but also circumstances surrounding the event during the time of the lewd acts.

According to the investigator’s report, another victim also stated when she was young around 10 years or 11 years old, Porter had also touched her inappropriately during a family gathering that he had attended. The victim said she did not tell anyone about the incident until she was much older. After she became an adult, she gave a written statement concerning the assault.

Roland Police Chief Tommy Sessums said Porter worked for the Roland Police Department as a Reserve Officer but was terminated prior to his arrest.

“We felt it was for the betterment of the department,” Sessums said.

Sessums said he received a call on Porter about two months ago regarding the allegations.

“I immediately contacted the sheriff’s office and other outside agencies to look into the matter. As time went on and it seemed they seemed to have enough evidence against him to warrant an arrest, we went ahead and terminated him prior to his arrest,” Sessums said.

Sessums said Porter worked as a full-time police officer for the Muldrow Police Department prior to working for Roland. Porter worked for the Roland Police Department for about three to four years before his termination, Sessums said.

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