Altus couple arrested for rape and child abuse

ALTUS, OK (TNN) - A married Altus couple has been arrested on multiple felony charges according to a press release from Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy.

39-year-old John Carl Welker and 43-year-old Patricia Lynn Welker were arrested Friday, February 22 on charges of First Degree Rape, Forcible Sodomy and Willfully or Maliciously Engages in Enabling Child Sexual Abuse.

According to the press release, the couple are accused of abusing 3 children. The oldest victim, now 22 years old, told investigators the sexual abuse began when she was 9 and continued until she was 21.

John Welker is a former corrections officer and Patricia Welker is a registered nurse. They were both taken to the Jackson County Jail, where they are awaiting their initial court appearance.

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