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March 3, 2010

Trial date set in child sex abuse case

A trial date has been set for a Locust Grove man accused of sex crimes against two young girls.

Daniel Dale Allen, 35, will face a jury on April 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the courtroom of District Judge Terry McBride.

Allen and his wife, Shawna, 30, were charged in October 2008, after a relative notified law enforcement of the alleged abuse.

“Both victims are relatives of the accused,” Sergeant Karen Raith of the Locust Grove Police Department said.

The probable cause affidavit states that according to the information received, in the summer of 2008, Allen molested his nieces, both 11 years old at the time.

The two girls are cousins and were visiting Allen and his wife.

Both girls were interviewed, one in Locust Grove where she lived, and the other in Albuquerque, N.M., where she lived with her family.

The girls described several incidents where “Uncle Dan” had fondled them, performed oral sex on them and forced them to perform oral sex on him.

One of the victims told law enforcement that Allen told the girls that “what happens in this room stays in this room.”

The wife participated in the abuse, even videotaping the sex acts at the request of her husband.

During the execution of the search warrant, Shawna Allen was arrested and agreed to speak with police. She confirmed the abuse and informed law enforcement that they were aware of the age of the victims.

Daniel Allen arrived during the search and refused to speak to authorities. He retained immediate counsel and was allowed to turn

himself in.

Shawna Allen, who is learning disabled, is charged with four counts of lewd molestation and two counts of enabling child sexual abuse. After a competency hearing on Feb. 1, she was found “not competent to stand trial.”

A review hearing is scheduled for July 22. She remains at a mental

facility for treatment.

Daniel Allen is charged with two counts of lewd molestation, rape by instrumentation, sodomy and enabling child sexual abuse.

After several delays, and several lawyer changes, Allen will stand trial for the crimes in April. He remains in custody at the Mayes County Jail.

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