• Dennis McCaslin

Oklahoma man whose original 30-year sentence was overturned pleads guilty in federal court

A man who sexually abused a young child starting in 2003 pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Tulsa/

Travis Dray Stewart, 41, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact in Indian Country. U.S.

District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell set sentencing for Sept. 15, 2021.

In his plea agreement, Stewart admitted to making sexual contact with a child under 12 years of age between June 2003 and September 2005. The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Stewart after his May 2015 conviction in Tulsa County District Court was overturned due to jurisdiction following the Supreme Court’s McGirt v Oklahoma decision.

Stewart was serving a 30-year prison term after pleading guilty in Tulsa County District Court for the sexual abuse of a child during 2004 or 2005. Stewart is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the alleged crime occurred within the tribe’s reservation.

The resulting trauma associated with child sexual abuse can be long lasting. There are agencies to assist in recovery or that can share resources. You can start your search for assistance by contacting:

-Oklahoma’s SafeLine at 1-800-522-SAFE (7233).

-National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Information on reporting and recovery can be found on NCMEC’s site https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/csam-resources.

Suspected child neglect and abuse can be reported to the Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511 and/or to local law enforcement.

The FBI and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reagan Reininger is prosecuting the case.

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