Former Tulsa foster parent sent to prison for child sex-abuse


A former Tulsa foster parent pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing three girls, two of whom were foster children in his care.

A Tulsa County judge sentenced Donald Ellis Lehmbeck to 35 years in prison.

Lehmbeck, 65, pleaded guilty to five felony counts — four counts of child sexual abuse and one count of possessing obscene or indecent writings.

Two of the abuse counts involved a girl, then age 6, who is a relative of a woman who lived with Lehmbeck in the 6800 block of West 41st Place.

Lehmbeck was charged March 24, 2011, in that matter. He was arrested a day later at a Texas airport while en route to Costa Rica, law enforcement officials reported.

The other two abuse counts were filed in June 2011, when Lehmbeck was in the Tulsa Jail. Those counts involve girls who were placed in his foster care by the Department of Human Services.

One girl lived at Lehmbeck’s residence in January and February 2011, and the other was in his care in 2009, court records show.

One of those girls was 9 or 10 years old and the other was 4 or 5 years old at the time of the offenses, records show.

In the obscenity count, prosecutors alleged that Lehmbeck’s computer contained “numerous narrative stories describing sexual acts between adults and prepubescent children,” a document says.

In accordance with a plea agreement, District Judge James Caputo sentenced Lehmbeck on Thursday to 35 years in prison. By law he is required to serve 85 percent — almost 30 years, which would extend the sentence to around his 95th birthday — before becoming eligible for release.

Lehmbeck has spent more than 15 months in the Tulsa Jail and gets credit on his sentence for time already served.