Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott is asking area residents to talk with teenage girls about social media predators, after the arrest of a man they say was grooming a staggering number of victims to meet for sex.
“This Dusty Clark character is one prolific predator,” said Sheriff Chris Elliott after the arrest of Troy Dustin Clark, 38, of Muskogee. “He convinced several victims to send photos that are now evidence in a criminal case. We’re concerned there are a whole lot more victims out there that we don’t know about.”
One of his “young girls” he is accused of talking to was actually a team of Wagoner County investigators who had taken over the account of a 15-year-old girl. Elliott said the courageous Wagoner County girl may have spared other victims when she reported on May 8 that someone under the Facebook profile Easton Sloan was sending her lewd private messages.
“A child under the age of 16 being asked to send suggestive photos or meet for sexual acts is a victim. Under the eyes of the law, there is no such thing as a consenting sexual relationship at that age,” said Jack Thorp, district attorney for District 27, which includes Wagoner County. “We’re talking about a textbook sexual predator who gets a sense of his victims, then adapts his narrative to reel them in.”
Clark allegedly groomed victims with stories that he was dying and wanted to spend his remaining months pampering his special girl. He is accused of impressing more hardened victims by portraying himself as a drug dealer and hustler. To others, he purportedly was a successful businessman seeking to be a “super secret sugar daddy.”
“I’m afraid this type of behavior so prevalent, it’s hard for victims to know if they’re really being victimized on social media, and if so, where to report it,” said Elliott. “Once Dusty Clark made the grievous error of propositioning a Wagoner County fifteen-year-old girl, he sealed his own fate.”
Soon, conversations between “Easton Sloan” and investigators posing as his 15-year-old victim moved to a phone app that notifies participants if someone tries to screen capture messages, according to law enforcement. Like many disappearing-message apps, recipients have only seconds to read texts before they’re gone forever.
“New technology definitely helps predators, no doubt about it,” Elliott said. “That just means we have to work a little harder to capture evidence. But we got what we needed.”
By Thursday, the sheriff said, Clark had a date with the “girl” to meet at a fast food restaurant, then go to a motel for sex.
“We told Sloan we’d be wearing a blue flowered dress,” said Elliott. “And he was kind enough to send selfies from inside his vehicle while he was en route.”
A county employee wearing a blue flowered dress waited inside the restaurant with her back to the door. Deputies in unmarked vehicles parked strategically around the restaurant. The suspect never showed, but now they had that selfie – a photo of Clark inside what they now believe was his mother’s car, which they’d already located through public records searches. Investigators caught up with Clark at his mother’s home on Friday.
“When these big old guys told Clark they didn’t appreciate being stood up at the restaurant he realized, they were the ‘sweet young thing’ he’d been grooming,” Elliott said. “From that moment on, he confirmed everything we already knew, and, unfortunately, much more.”
Thorp and Elliott urge parents to talk with teenaged girls about whether they’ve had encounters with Easton Sloan or Easton Gooddieyoung. If you have any information about Easton Sloan, Easton Gooddieyoung or Dusty Clark, call the sheriff’s office at (918) 485-3124.
Clark is in the Wagoner County jail on hold for Okmulgee County. He’s also being held for Muskogee County for violating the terms of his 15-year probation. He faces multiple new charges in Wagoner County, including solicitation of lewd acts from a minor under the age of 16, and using a computer to solicit lewed acts and conversations with a minor. Clark is being held on a $250,000 bond in Wagoner for the above mentioned crimes.