NORMAN — A Southmoore High School employee, accused of lewd acts with children, was expected to surrender to police on Thursday but apparently went on the lam instead.
Federal marshals, acting on a Cleveland County warrant, arrested Tiffany Lynne Huffman, 28, of Yukon, about 4:55 p.m. Thursday in Claremore.
Chad Hunt, deputy U.S. marshal in charge of the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force, said his office deemed Huffman a fugitive.
“Whenever we get a copy of a warrant to go after somebody and they don’t turn themselves in, we classify them as a fugitive,” Hunt said. “I’m not aware of any additional charges that would be filed because she was a fugitive, but that’s something that Cleveland County would have to consider.”
Hunt said Huffman was booked into the Rogers County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Cleveland County.
Huffman has been charged with three felony counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16.
Thursday’s arrest was a coordinated effort by at least two divisions of the U.S. Marshal’s service, the Western and Northern districts. They were executing the Cleveland County warrant because Huffman lived outside the city of Moore.
Hunt said marshals in the Oklahoma City metro area told marshals in Claremore that Huffman might be in their area.
Hunt said marshals followed up on information that Huffman could be at a residence in the 25600 block of Claremore’s East Foxen Drive. When marshals drove by and found a black Ford Fusion that matched one Huffman might have been driving, they stopped and found the suspect, Hunt said.
He said she was arrested without incident.
Hunt said Huffman was with family. He speculated that it is unlikely charges will be filed against anyone for harboring a fugitive.
Joel Pruett 366-3540 jpruett@ normantranscript.com