Tulsa man who evaded child sex abuse allegations for decades charged in Bixby incident


By John Dobberstein, Editor

A south Tulsa man who was the subject of a USA Today investigation into child abuse allegations is now facing criminal charges stemming from an incident in Bixby.

David Joseph Menna has been charged with one count of sexual abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and one count of impersonating a medical provider.

Bixby Police Chief Todd Blish said during a news conference that at 11:47 a.m. on Sept. 14 the department received a report of a sexual assault in Bixby. Their investigation determined there was probably cause to arrest Menna for “sexual battery.”

Bixby and Tulsa police arrested Menna 2 days later “on suspected sexual battery charges,” stating the incident occurred at a home in Bixby. The charges stem from Menna providing care for the victim in the victim’s home.

Blish said he could not comment on many questions posed by the media because the case was still under investigation. He said officers were working closely with the Tulsa County district attorney’s office as they investigate.

But Blish reiterated that anyone with information that could help with the investigation should call the Bixby Police Department non-emergency line at (918) 366-8294.

It’s unclear what the fallout of this spate of charges against Menna will be.

According to an extensive investigative report published in 2020 by USA Today, Menna has been the subject of sec abuse complaints in Georgia and Oklahoma going back decades, but criminal prosecutions have been mostly unsuccessful.

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