Jacksons Gap man arrested on Oklahoma charges of lewd acts with a child

Randall Earl Mann

The Dadeville Police Department detained Randall Earl Mann, 54, of Jacksons Gap for arrest warrants connected to lewd acts with a child in Oklahoma.

“We had an officer pull him over for a traffic stop,” Dadeville police chief David Barbour said. “We found out he had warrants for his arrest from Oklahoma.”

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Department in Oklahoma said Mann approached an undercover deputy then law enforcement issued warrants for Mann for lewd acts with a child under 16.

“The investigation started in April 2018,” a release from the Canadian County (Oklahoma) Sheriff’s Department said. “Mann approached an undercover deputy portraying a 14-year-old female from Canadian County on social media. The conversation moved slowly but eventually Mann (began) talking sexually to what he believed was a 14-year-old female.”

The release said investigators continued the conversation with Mann via social media.

“During the investigation, Mann made sexual comments about performing oral sex on the child and asking about her sexual history,” the release said. “He asked the decoy if she had started her menstrual cycle yet and was wanting to make her enjoy the sex he wanted to give her. He asked the decoy about what school she attended and said he would come get her and they would be gone.”

Mann was arrested last month and arrived at the Canadian County Jail on March 31 where he is still in custody. A $50,000 cash bond is available to Mann.

Mann has previously been charged with crimes against children. According to court records, in 2001 he was arrested for enticing a child and second-degree sex abuse. He pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor sexual misconduct. In 1994 he was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. That charge was dismissed with conditions. Mann also has several drug arrests and an assault arrest.

He was a registered sex offender in Tallapoosa County.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West was thankful for the help of the Dadeville Police Department.

“We are thankful for our law enforcement partners in Alabama for helping us to make this arrest,” West said. “I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Mann was preying on local children in Alabama as well as he has a criminal history for such.”