Clarification: This story has been edited to indicate Williams was a member and preacher at Bunker Hill Baptist Church during the period of the alleged abuse.
A former Vinita preacher was indicted in federal court this week on allegations that he sexually abused five children whose ages ranged from 7 to 16 years old over the course of 16 years, Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson said Wednesday.
Roy Edward Williams, 63, was charged in the federal Northern District of Oklahoma with coercion and enticement of a minor in Indian Country, aggravated sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country, abusive sexual contact of a minor between 12 and 16 years old in Indian Country and possession of child pornography, court documents show.
During the period of the alleged abuse, Williams was a member and preacher at Bunker Hill Baptist Church in Vinita from around November 2002 to December 2018, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Williams is also charged tribally, according to a news release. He was originally charged in Craig County District Court before those charges were dropped on jurisdictional grounds, since Williams is a Cherokee citizen and the crimes are alleged to have occurred within the Cherokee reservation.
According to the news release, Williams also is accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of several of the victims, attempting to bribe several victims immediately following the sexual abuse and threatening several victims in an effort to stop them from reporting the abuse.
Williams also is alleged to have possessed child pornography on June 24, 2019.
According to the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office website, Williams has been held in the Mayes County jail since July 2. He is in tribal custody awaiting trial.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI encourage any other victims of Williams to contact the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office at 405-290-7770.