Tulsa Tire Store Employee Accused of Sexually Assaulting Customer


An employee of a Tulsa tire store has been arrested on a sexual battery complaint after a female customer reported that the man sexually assaulted her as she waited for a tire change.

The woman told police that she went to Chalo's Tires near 51st and Union for a tire change. While there, an employee identified as Carlos Manciel, 41, told her that she would need to go to the back of the store with him to pick out a tire.

His accuser told authorities that Manciel began to touch her inappropriately once they were in the back of the store. She says he told her she could have the tire for free if she consented to further sexual activity.

The woman refused, and she says Manciel tried to force her into the back of the shop. She says she shoved him away and went to the front of the store, but was unable to leave because her tire was off of her vehicle.

Once the tire was replaced, she drove to a nearby convenience store and called police.

Police reviewed surveillance video from the store, which they say shows the woman and Manciel walking to the back of the store, but it does not show the alleged assault.

However, investigators say that Manciel, when questioned, admitted to grabbing the woman. Police arrested him and booked him into the Tulsa County Jail on a complaint of sexual battery. He remains in custody on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold.

The store manager, who was not present at the time of the alleged incident, fired Manciel, saying he is "horrified" by the allegations. 

Sexual battery is defined in 21 O.S. § 1123 as "the intentional touching, mauling or feeling of the body or private parts of any person sixteen (16) years of age or older, in a lewd and lascivious manner" under one or more of the following circumstances:

1. Without the consent of that person;

2. When committed by a state, county, municipal or political subdivision employee or a contractor or an employee of a contractor of the state, a county, a municipality or political subdivision of this state upon a person who is under the legal custody, supervision or authority of a state agency, a county, a municipality or a political subdivision of this state, or the subcontractor or employee of a subcontractor of the contractor of the state or federal government, a county, a municipality or a political subdivision of this state;

3. When committed upon a person who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and is less than twenty (20) years of age and is a student, or in the legal custody or supervision of any public or private elementary or secondary school, or technology center school, by a person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and is an employee of the same school system that the victim attends; or

4. When committed upon a person who is nineteen (19) years of age or younger and is in the legal custody of a state agency, federal agency or a tribal court, by a foster parent or foster parent applicant.

Sexual battery is a felony sex offense punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison. Anyone convicted of sexual battery in Oklahoma must register as a sex offender for life.



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