MAYES COUNTY, Okla. - A Green Country law officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of lewd molestation.
Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory Sr. is accused of inappropriately touching two girls' breasts and along their zipper line, according to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman Jessica Brown.
Brown said the alleged molestations occurred over a period of several years and Gregory "had access to these girls."
Gregory's step-son Jeffery said their family is asking many questions. He didn't want to talk on camera because they aren't sure what to believe just yet.
Jeffery teared up and said the only dad he's known since 7 years old is the strongest man you'll ever meet.
Neither OSBI nor Gregory's family want to release the relationship of the alleged victims to protect them but say they are younger than 16.
Kathi Smith knows Gregory as "brother bear". The fellow church member approached 2NEWS to defend the chief.
"We just need to not get on the bandwagon and not be willing to judge and throw the first stone. Cast him aside because we just don't know yet," she said. "What our community, what our families, what our churches, the girls, brother bear, everybody -- what we need is to pull together and pray. Not judge. That's really what I wanted to say."
Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed said about two weeks ago detectives received a tip about these allegations. After looking into them, the sheriff turned over findings to OSBI so there isn't any bias.
On Thursday, OSBI agents interviewed Gregory for the second time and said there was enough probable cause for an arrest.
Gregory is being held at the Pryor Jail for his own safety. The sheriff said that jail has an isolation cell.
Gregory has been Spavinaw's police chief the last year after city councilors voted out the previous one.
Councilors are holding a special town meeting Friday night at 6 p.m. to "discuss legal questions concerning law enforcement."
Gregory has an arraignment Friday afternoon to determine bond.