Wingnut Oklahoma Oath Keeper Convicted of Rape
Oathkeeper and Video Blogger Dyer in front of his Gadsden flag
There are still wingnut militia blogs out there trying to paint this guy as some sort of hero, and perpetrating the conspiracy theory that it’s all just a set up.
Dyer was convicted of raping his own daughter by a jury of his peers. The oath keeper youtube video blogger sickened the jury enough that they recommended a sentence of 30 years. Without this trial the evil miscreant would probably be a fixture at tea party rallies.
In the end, the antigovernment rhetoric that so energized his defense couldn’t save Charles Dyer, the former Marine and member of the antigovernment Oath Keepers organization accused of raping his own daughter. Late Thursday, after four hours of deliberation, a Duncan, Okla., jury convicted Dyer and recommended a 30-year sentence.
After the verdict was read, Dyer’s hands and feet were bound in chains. His face hardened and he did not mutter a word. The only claims of innocence had come earlier as he testified. “I believe in my heart that my daughter is a victim of sexual abuse. … [But] I’ve never hurt anyone in my life, especially not my daughter,” Dyer said.
The case drew national attention after Dyer failed to appear in court for trial in 2010. (At the time of his arrest, he was also charged with possessing a grenade launcher stolen from the military in 2006; he was later acquitted of that charge.) Dyer became infamous when he went on the lam and began issuing threatening, conspiracy-laced communiqués that left no room for doubt as to his violent intentions were police to catch up with him.
“I have been pushed to the limits by law enforcement and the judicial system in an attempt to cause me to take violent actions against them,” Dyer wrote in an email to his family after fleeing from the reach of law enforcement. “Our judicial system is nothing more than a system of liars and crooks working under the color of the law, where the rich go free and the poor are made to suffer injustice. … Something must be done to expose it.”
What added to his notoriety was a series of animated online videos Dyer released under the name “July4Patriot.” He professed his innocence in some and, in others, painted the charges against him as the machinations of a tyrannical government working to silence its critics. But as his trial progressed, the only injustices exposed were his own.