Firefighter who dressed as clown arrested for child sex abuse; another suspect in custody

Police are concerned there may be more victims

A former Muskogee, Oklahoma, firefighter who dressed as a clown for a children’s safety program was arrested on child sex abuse charges last month. Another suspect, a woman who allegedly assisted the the ex-firefighter, was arrested on February 3.

Tulsa World reports that Zack Perry, 30, a former firefighter of the Muskogee Fire Department’s clown society, and Melissa Skelton, 36, were both charged with conspiracy and child sexual abuse. Between November 2015 and December 2016, Perry reportedly drove from Oklahoma to Arkansas to pick up a 6-year-old little girl, with the assumption he’d have sex with her.

According to the arrest affidavit, Skelton knew the little girl and arranged to have the child spend the night with Skelton in May. She also allegedly received money from Perry in exchange for explicit photos of the little girl. Perry was arrested in January after a woman contacted police and accused him of sending her nude children photos while asking her to send naked pics of her 8-year-old daughter.

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Zack Perry and Melissa Skelton [Photo: Muskogee County Jail]


Detectives found “1,378 images and videos relating or depicting child pornography” of young children in Perry’s possession, which led them to Skelton, who reportedly allowed Perry to molest a child in her care. She later arranged the Arkansas meeting. The affidavit also indicated that Perry also have photos, texts, and videos of an adult woman engaging in sex acts with a dog.

“Additionally, there were photos, videos and texts discovered that the suspect Zack Perry had been involved in or facilitated the recordings of sexual acts between an adult female and a dog.”

Detective also seized three pairs of girl’s underwear from Perry’s home.

Both Perry and Skelton were arrested  and booked at the Muskogee County Jail.

Police are concerned there may be additional children who were harmed by Perry. Anyone with any information should call the Muskogee Police Department Investigations Division at 918-680-3183 or Crime Stoppers at 918-682-COPS.

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