Police in Oklahoma were searching Wednesday for Charles Dyer, a former U.S. Marine who’s posted revolutionary messages on the Internet, after he failed to show up for the beginning of a trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a child.
Dyer has claimed to be part of a group called the “Oath Keepers,” made up of current and former police and military members, who say they’ll refuse to take any order that runs contrary to the U.S. Constitution. Oath Keepers has denied that he was ever a member, and Dyer has insisted that the charges against him are part of a government conspiracy.
He was charged in Jan. 2010 of raping a 7-year-old member of his own family, along with possessing a stolen military grenade launcher. His trial was set to begin on Monday, but when he did not show up the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
Dyer’s absence comes just days after his home burned down, on Friday night. His girlfriend, Monica Freeman, has been arrested in connection to the alleged arson.
In his YouTube messages, Dyer often calls for resistance to the U.S. government, and even invited fans to come train with him. He even cautioned the local police, saying he was well armed and prepared if they ever came after him.
Police have warned the public to stay away from Dyer if he’s encountered, as he may be armed and dangerous.
(H/T: Talking Points Memo)