A 21-year-old Miami man has been charged in Ottawa County District Court with multiple rape charges involving an 8-year-old.
MIAMI – A 21-year-old Miami man, Ladarius Dwayne Atkins, has been charged in Ottawa County District Court with Lewd Acts Upon a Child Under the Age of 12, two counts of Rape in the 1st Degree, and one count of Rape by Instrumentation involving an 8-year-old.
Atkins was initially charged with Lewd Acts Upon a Child Under the Age of 12, however, additional charges came late Monday afternoon as anticipated by Ottawa County Assistant District Attorney Rogers Hughes and the Miami Police Department.
According to the affidavit filed by Miami Police Officer Aaron Crockett, at 3:36 p.m. on Jan. 17 he responded to a call in northwest Miami on a report of a woman finding her boyfriend, Atkins, in bed with her 8-year-old daughter.
Crockett writes in the affidavit that the mother arrived home after picking up dinner and walked into the couple's bedroom and noticed Atkins and the girl lying on the bed together and her daughter was pulling up her shorts.
The mother questioned her daughter and called police when she told them Atkins had tried to “hump” her.
“I talked to Ladarius about the allegations and based off the information he disclosed I placed him under arrest for Lewd Acts to a Minor,” Crockett wrote in the affidavit.
On Jan. 18 the 8-year-old girl was interviewed at the Ottawa County Child Advocacy Center in Miami.
During the interview, the girl revealed Atkins had sexually molested her on multiple occasions.
Crockett then interviewed Atkins at the Ottawa County Jail after he was read his rights and signed a waiver of rights form.
Atkins admitted to police he had molested the girl while “spooning,” and admitted to raping the child.
Atkins appeared in Ottawa District Court on Jan. 18 and bond was set at $100,000 and he was remanded to custody. He again appeared in court on Jan. 19 and was appointed OIDS (Oklahoma Indigent Defenses System) attorney Andrew Meloy, was formally charged and given his next court date of 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 5.
Atkins was remanded to custody in the Ottawa County Jail.
Editor's note: This article has been updated from one originally published in the Jan. 23, 2018, print edition of the Miami News-Record to reflect the additional criminal charges filed against Atkins.
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.