Tulsa County prosecutors have added sex-abuse counts involving two foster children

He already had been charged with three counts and was arrested at a Texas airport while en route to Costa Rica.
By BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Published: 6/30/2011 2:02 AM
Last Modified: 6/30/2011 8:41 AM

Tulsa County prosecutors have added sex-abuse counts involving two foster children to the case of a man who already was charged with sexually abusing another girl.

Donald Ellis Lehmbeck, 64, was charged March 24 with two counts of child sexual abuse and one count of possessing obscene or indecent writings. Those abuse counts involved a 6-year-old girl who is a relative of a woman who lived with Lehmbeck, records show.
At a March hearing, Deputy Jeremy Yerton said the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office received information regarding allegations against Lehmbeck made by two girls who were in his foster care.
A prosecutor said then that those accusations were being investigated.
Two sex-abuse counts against Lehmbeck involving two foster children were added June 17, records show.
Law enforcement officials reported that Lehmbeck, of Tulsa, was arrested March 25 at a Texas airport while en route to Costa Rica.
He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on the first three counts on April 4.
At an April 12 hearing, Tulsa County Special Judge Dawn Moody denied bail for Lehmbeck, concluding that if bail were granted, "he would be a flight risk due to the fact that he was apprehended before boarding an international flight."
A preliminary hearing for Lehmbeck on the five felony counts began Monday and is set to resume July 18.
Defense attorney Allen Smallwood indicated previously that the original allegations against Lehmbeck arose after the defendant had ordered the female family member of the 6-year-old girl to vacate his residence.
In a misdemeanor case filed March 23, Lehmbeck was charged with domestic assault and battery involving an accusation that he grabbed that woman and pushed her against a wall with force and violence on March 18.
That charge was dismissed June 3 at a prosecutor's request.