CRIME BRIEFS: Arrest warrant issued for man accused of sexual assault; youth coach charged with embezzlement
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Norman man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Norman Walmart.
Dymone Lyron Grice, 19, faces a felony charge of sexual battery after he allegedly touched a woman inappropriately outside the Walmart at 333 N. Interstate Drive.
According to a Norman police affidavit, on Aug. 16, Grice approached the victim inside the store and started talking to her. At some point during the conversation, Grice asked her if he could have a hug, and she agreed.
As Grice was hugging the woman, he allegedly engaged in a thrusting motion on her hip.
Grice was approached by police, and he admitted to hugging random women but said he did not touch them inappropriately. He was not placed under arrest and the victim completed a statement about the incident.
On Aug. 25, detectives talked with Grice, who admitted that he hugged three women inside a Wal-Mart and touched their breasts and buttocks, the affidavit read.
Oklahoma court records show Judge Steve Stice attached a $20,000 bail to the arrest warrant.
• Moore youth softball coach charged with embezzlement
A Moore youth girls softball coach has been charged following allegations that she stole more than $1,500 from her team.
Amy Nicole Cebulesky, 37, of Moore, was formally charged Sept. 15 with one count of embezzlement.
According to a Moore police affidavit, the money was raised by the team last summer through multiple fundraisers.
Some of the parents decided they wanted to leave the team and asked for their child’s portion of the money back. However, Cebulesky reportedly refused to give it back.
Law enforcement gathered the team’s bank account records and discovered $1,543 had been spent on cable bills, restaurants, gas stations and Oklahoma Court Services.
Cebulesky was contacted by police and denied the allegations, the affidavit read.
Oklahoma court records show Cebulesky has a previous criminal record, as well as an ongoing second-degree robbery case.
According to another Moore police affidavit, Cebulesky walked up to a woman who was taking photographs, took her phone and hit her in the face.
Officers made contact with Cebulesky, who admitted to taking the alleged victim’s phone but denied hitting the woman.
Cebulesky’s robbery case is set for a preliminary hearing Nov. 15 before Judge Michael Tupper. Cebulesky is out on $25,000 bond in that case.
• Woman sentenced to 63 months in prison for bank fraud
Ericka K. Smith, 33, of Moore, was sentenced Tuesday to 63 months in federal prison for defrauding Frontier State Bank and committing bankruptcy fraud, said Mark A. Yancey, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
On Dec. 14, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Smith with one count of bank fraud and one count of bankruptcy fraud. It alleged that she operated Longhorn Ranch Trailer Sales, which bought and sold vehicles and horse trailers.
According to the charges, she defrauded Frontier State Bank in May 2011 by making false statements about her income when she applied for a loan to buy a truck for $68,000.
The truck served as collateral to protect the bank’s funds. Her fraud also involved creating a false lien release for the truck and selling it to a Longhorn Ranch Trailer Sales customer in Texas for $73,000 without notifying the bank.
According to the charges, Smith also committed fraud during her 2012 bankruptcy by testifying falsely that she had sold the truck financed by Frontier State Bank to a person in California for only $16,000.
Smith pled guilty to both counts on Jan. 6.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange sentenced Smith to 63 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. The court found that Smith’s similar fraudulent conduct caused losses totaling $1,476,010. It also found that her fraudulent conduct involved sophisticated means.
After imprisonment, Smith must pay restitution to eight financial institutions in the total amount of $1,163,982.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerry A. Kelly.
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