Tonkawa business man arrested on complaints of sex crimes

July 14, 2021 | Courts

TONKAWA  — Tonkawa police arrested local barber Gregory James Abello, 59, on Monday, outside his residence, on sexually related offenses, at approximately 4:12 p.m. 

Chief Nick Payne said police received the initial criminal complaints from an adult female victim in late June. 

Tonkawa Police Sgt. Ryan Potter reports in the probable cause affidavit, that Abello is alleged to have committed sexually based offenses between 2004 and 2011. 

Sgt. Potter reports that some of the offenses are alleged to have occurred when the victim was under the age of 18. 

Gregory James Abello

Tonkawa Police coordinated with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Division prior to and after Abello’s arrest. 

Payne said Abello had a pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest but was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Kay County Detention Center.  Payne said two felony counts of sexual battery and one felony count of rape by instrumentation are pending.

On Tuesday, Abello appeared before Judge Wilkie and bond was set at $50,000.00 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Abello is scheduled for Initial Appearance, in Kay County District Court, on July 23, 2021. 

Payne said it is an ongoing investigation and that Tonkawa Police urges anyone who has information about this investigation or any other crime to contact police at 580 628-2516. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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