Scranton teen charged with indecent liberties with a child

A Scranton teenager is being held in the Osage County Jail on $150,000 bond after being charged last week with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy.

A complaint filed in Osage County District Court April 3 by Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones alleges Caleb Flowers, 18, Scranton, committed two of the crimes in 2010 and 2011 when the victim was under 14 years of age, and alleges the third offense occurred in 2013 when the same victim was over 14 but less than 16 years old.

Possible penalties listed by Jones in the complaint are imprisonment for life with a minimum of 25 years in prison for the first and second counts, and 55 months to 247 months in prison for the third count.

USD 434 Superintendent Steve Pegram confirmed Monday that Flowers was employed by the school district as a bus monitor on a bus that transported students to and from Overbrook Attendance Center. According to Pegram, Flowers worked for the district from February to April 1, the day after Flowers’ arrest.

Pegram said he terminated Flowers’ employment after hearing of his arrest, but the USD 434 Board of Education will officially consider Flowers’ employment at its regular monthly meeting April 10.

Flowers, a 2012 graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School, set to appear with attorney Sue DeVoe at 1:30 p.m. April 11 in Osage County District Court.

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