NPD Arrests Former Local Pastor for Lewd Acts

Date of Press Release: 
Wed, 05/23/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department arrested 77-year-old Phillip Paul Ratliff (DOB: 8/8/1940) Tuesday on two complaints of lewd acts to a child.

On May 20, Norman police were dispatched to the Norman Police Department lobby in reference to a report of possession of child pornography and lewd acts to a child that had occurred at a residence in east Norman. The reporting party informed officers that Ratliff had child pornography on his home computer and that they believe he may have molested a juvenile family member.

Based on the initial investigation and information gained through a forensic interview of the juvenile victim, Norman police took Ratliff into custody Tuesday evening. He was transported to the Cleveland County Detention Center and booked in on two complaints of lewd acts to a child.

The investigation into this case is ongoing. Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is asked to contact NPD Detective Kellee Robertson at 405-366-5261.