(Guthrie, Okla.) – A Logan County jury recommended a sentence of life in prison Thursday for a 52-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing two young female relatives and one of their friends, District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said in a news release.
    The jury composed of eight men and four women deliberated for about three hours Thursday before convicting Carl Douglas Crick Jr. of Crescent on three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of lewd molestation of the girls, the news release said.
    In early 2014, the defendant’s relatives were ages 20 and 12 when they disclosed the sexual abuse to an agent of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the news release said.
    The agent discovered that the sexual abuse of the defendant’s relatives extended back for almost a decade, the news release said.
    One of their friends, age 12, was interviewed at the Saville Center for Child Advocacy in Stillwater and disclosed more recent sexual abuse by the defendant, the news release said.
    “Following a five-month investigation, the district attorney filed charges in June of 2014. Crick Jr. was arrested and had posted a $200,000 bond,” the news release said.
    Over the course of three days, the jury heard testimony of the two female relatives, their friend, counselors, an expert forensic interviewer and others, the news release said.
    Thomas, who is the district attorney for Logan and Payne counties, said “Child sexual abuse cases are among the most serious crimes, but are the most difficult to prosecute,” since the evidence is usually limited by the child’s ability to remember and relate what happened to them.
    “These horrible crimes take place in secret without witnesses and the children are often threatened or otherwise coerced to stay silent for long periods of time,” Thomas said in the news release.
    “These victims endured horrific abuse followed by ongoing years of counseling. The damage that child abuse causes will last a lifetime,” the news release said.
    “It can be difficult for jurors to believe that an adult family member would commit these unnatural, deviant acts when the jurors must depend largely upon the testimony of a child to find the defendant guilty,” Thomas said in the news release.
    Thomas said that she was pleased that jurors “recommended life imprisonment on each of the three rape counts, and 50, 20 and 20 years on the three molestation counts.”
    Thomas added, “Karen Dixon, my managing assistant district attorney in the Guthrie office, brought 35 years’ prosecution experience to this case. OSBI Agent Dean, with 24 years of law enforcement experience, led an exemplary investigation that continued up to the end of the trial.”
    District Judge Phillip Corley set formal sentencing for the defendant at 9 a.m. on June 15, the news release said.
    “The state will be requesting that he sentence the defendant in accordance with the jury verdicts.
    “Should Crick ever be released from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
    “However, any possibility of release would be contested by the District Attorney’s Office, and realistically, release should not occur,” Thomas said.
    After the guilty verdicts were handed down by the Logan County jury, the judge revoked bond for the defendant, who was ordered into the Logan County Jail Thursday, court records show.