A Sand Springs man is facing multiple accusations of sex crimes this week after a mother discovered he allegedly had a relationship with her 14-year-old daughter.
Cleveland Police placed 20-year-old Thomas Higgins under arrest back in May on allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Court records indicate that he is due to appear before a judge in July for his preliminary hearing.
According to an affidavit obtained by KTUL, Higgin's relationship with the young girl was discovered by her mother back in April. She told officials that she had found some text messages on her daughter's phone that "made her start asking questions."
When the mother told her daughter she would be checking her phone records, the girl told her of two separate encounters with Higgins back in April. On both occasions the girl told her mother the encounters ended in them being involved sexually.
After filing an initial report with the police department, a member of the Child Abuse Network in Tulsa interviewed the girl who told them that she had "began talking to Thomas about a year ago on Facebook." She told the interviewer they stopped talking for awhile until recently when they began to talk about "bad things."
"The interviewer asked [the girl] what bad things her and Thomas talked about. [The girl] answered with, 'sex.'"
During the interview the girl stated that both her and Higgins would talk about how they would have sex and at one point sent pictures to each other, according to the affidavit. She told officials that he sent her a photo of his penis and she sent him photos of her naked.
When the girl was questioned about one of the encounters back in April, she told investigators that "she went down on Thomas and that he had went down on her." The girl stated during her interview that Higgins told her, "Don't tell anyone because I will go to jail."
Detectives called Higgins to the Cleveland Police Department for questioning where he admitted to receiving photos of the young girl. Later in the day he also admitted to being involved sexually with her during the encounters in April, according to the affidavit.
Higgins was taken into custody and transferred to the Pawnee County Jail. He's facing one count of lewd acts with a child under the age of 16, two counts of rape by instrumentation, three counts of oral sodomy and nine counts of possession of child pornography.