Oroville resident accused of molestation

Daniel Charles Lepley

OKANOGAN – Daniel Charles Lepley, 48, Oroville, is in the Okanogan County Jail after being charged with several sex crimes.

He was charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct; first-degree child molestation and first-degree communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

He was scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 2. Details were not available at Chronicle press time. Bail was set at $50,000.

The investigation came about after a 4-year-old girl confided to her mother that Lepley, born Feb. 26, 1970, allegedly had performed several immoral acts with her.

The events took place May 24, after Lepley, who lives across the street from the girl, was granted permission by the mother to take the girl swimming, according to court documents.

Court records show Lepley is a longtime friend of the mother’s boyfriend.

After hearing of the events from her daughter, the mother contacted Oroville Police Chief Todd Hill, according to court documents. Hill advised the mother not to allow the girl return to Lepley’s house until the investigation was completed.

The mother and a second witness — who heard the preschooler’s account of the events — both filled out forms for Hill, who contacted Child Protective Services, court records show.

Arrangements were made for a CPS social worker to interview the child at the police station June 19, with Hill assisting with the forensics interview, court documents said.

When the mother arrived at the interview with her boyfriend and her daughter, the adults agreed to wait in the lobby while the interview was conducted and recorded, court documents said.

The half-hour interview included details sufficient for Hill to receive a search warrant the same day for Lepley’s single-wide mobile home, located across the street from his home, documents said.

The search warrant was executed the following morning, with Hill seizing two card readers from a safe in Lepley’s office containing micro-USB cards and a vibrator allegedly referred to by the child in the interview, court documents said.

After Hill viewed the content on the two card readers June 22, Lepley was arrested at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket, and booked into jail. It was not disclosed why Lepley was at the hospital, court records said.

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