Cleveland County Dad Says Friend Betrayed Trust, Molested Son

Monday, November 29th 2010, 3:46 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- A man already in federal custody for downloading child pornography is now accused of molesting a child.

Michael James Opie, 36, faces several state charges in Cleveland County of sexual misconduct with an underage boy. Both the state and federal offenses allegedly occurred inside Opie's mobile home in Norman.

The victim's father said  Opie was a longtime friend who betrayed his trust.

"I just want everybody to know who Michael James Opie is, what he looks like, and what he's done to a seven-year-old boy," the victim's father said. "He was one of my best friends. He was somebody that I considered a brother, and for him to betray my trust and do my family this way is unspeakable."

Opie has pleaded guilty to the federal charge and will be sentenced next month.