The Canadian County Sheriff's Office announced an El Reno man is in custody after they learned he had been in a long-term sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The relationship started when she was 12.
28-year-old Joseph Hill was arrested July 11 by deputies after they received a call from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services indicating Hill had sent a text message with a nude picture of the girl to various people, including the victim. According to deputies, the girl was living with a foster family at the time and intercepted the text, prompting the arrest.
When police spoke with the girl, she told investigators that Hill gave her marijuana, alcohol, and methamphetamines. She also said she shared a bedroom with Hill and that the two slept, showered, and lived together as a married couple and he manipulated her into wearing a ring, "They were both wearing rings, as if they were married," Undersheriff Chris West said.
Hill was arrested and provided a full confession while taking a polygraph test. He said for the past three years, he had lived in the residence on an on-and-off basis.
The victim's mother was also arrested after she confessed to knowingly allow Hill and her daughter continue a relationship. She admitted to buying condoms for the two and admitted to concealing it from DHS and law enforcement multiple times. FOX 25 will not publicize her name to keep her daughter's name private.
"This lady actually allowed him to live in her house and abuse her child, right under her own presence," West said. When authorities asked the mother why she permitted the relationship to continue, she claimed she feared her daughter would run away, and thought the relationship would end on its own.
Both were booked into the Canadian County Jail. Hill was charged with Possession of child pornography and child abuse. His bond is set at $185,000. The victim's mother is charged with enabling child sexual abuse and is held on a $10,000 bond.
If convicted, both could receive life in prison.