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Accused Pittsburg County kidnappers back in jail

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:23:31-04

MCALESTER, Okla. -- Two women accused of kidnapping a 14-year old boy are back behind bars Thursday.

Kriste Aragon, 36, and Melissa Goelz, 29, are charged with kidnapping a child, lewd proposal to a minor and solicitation of child pornography. 

The New Mexico residents are accused of meeting a 14-year old boy on Xbox Live and exchanging explicit photos with the teen. The affidavit said Aragon and Goelz drove to his home in Pittsburg County and picked him up saying "he would never be back." 

Police said the suspects engaged in sexual acts on him during their trip back to New Mexico, but police were waiting at their home to arrest the women when they returned to Farmington. 

The women were arrested in April of 2018 but were released in June. 

District Attorney Chuck Sullivan said his office was not able to get reports from all of the involved agencies in time for the court hearing. They dismissed charges and the women were released.

It was a gamble that these women would return to this status hearing in Pittsburg County from McAlester, but they did. The women were charged again and arrested. 

Sullivan said they were able to amend the charges to accurately reflect the crimes that happened in their jurisdiction. He said they may be charged in other states as well. 

"I don't want to dwell on the past, but there were mistakes that we were able to correct and we are excited to have corrected them and we look forward to getting justice for our victim," Sullivan said.

Aragon and Goelz appeared shocked when they told they were going to be arrested Thursday. Aragon brought her four children who seemed to be all under the age of 10. 

The children were sobbing with their mother and were heard saying, "They're taking mommy back to jail." 

The women prayed aloud and pleaded with the judge and attorneys not to arrest them. 

The children were handed over to social services until someone could come to Oklahoma and take custody of them. 

Their bond was set at $35,000 each. 

The victim's mother said she is relieved they showed up, although she said today was bittersweet. She said her heart breaks for the kids, but she is pleased she is one step closet to getting justice for her son. 

Aragon and Goelz have not been assigned attorneys so another court date has not been set.


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