Noel McFadden is being held on $400,000 bond

By Steve Helling
April 28, 2017 11:23 AM
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Noel McFadden had a long career in Law Enforcement. According to records obtained by PEOPLE, he held a series of positions with increasing authority and power within the Tulsa Police Department. In the 1990s, according to his Facebook page, he became the Chief of Police for the Tulsa International Airport, heading up the facility’s safety commission officers. He retired several years ago in good standing.

But now McFadden finds himself on the other side of the law.

Last week, McFadden was arrested in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, after police say he molested two neighbor sisters, both of whom are under the age of 10. McFadden has been charged with eight counts of child sex abuse.

According to an arrest report obtained by PEOPLE, McFadden allegedly made the neighbors touch him in exchange for gifts. The report also states that McFadden also touched the children and showed them sexual videos.

To most people in the quiet Oklahoma neighborhood, McFadden was known as a genial, generous person. “He was known to give gifts to small children in the neighborhood,” Broken Arrow Police Detective Eric Bentz tells NewsOn6. “He would also give out candy and ice cream. As horrible as that sounds, people just want to trust their neighbors.”

Grandmother: ‘These People Destroy Families’

Family members of the two alleged victims are emotionally crushed.

“He has paralyzed and devastated this family,” the girls’ grandmother, Barbara Thompson, tells PEOPLE. (PEOPLE has decided to identify Thompson, with her understanding, because she has a different last name that the alleged victims and she lives in another state.)

Adds Thompson, “He groomed my granddaughters. When I heard about it, I’d like say I kept my composure, but I didn’t. This is a nightmare for any family.”

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“I first heard about it when my daughter called me,” Thompson continues. “I could tell immediately that something was wrong. We had this in the family from way back, so it opened a lot of painful memories for us. When I heard about it, my mind went to some very dark places. These people destroy families.”

McFadden is being held on $400,000 bond. He has not entered a plea, and court records do not list an attorney. PEOPLE’s calls to his home have gone unanswered.

Broken Arrow Police are encouraging anyone with information on McFadden to contact them. Police tell PEOPLE that they are investigating whether McFadden has any additional victims.

The alleged victims are getting counseling, and family members say they’re doing well, all things considered. “My granddaughters are not victims,” Barbara Thompson tells PEOPLE. “They are survivors. And I want him – and anyone else who would consider messing my granddaughters – to know something: You picked the wrong family. We’ve always been a close family, but now we’re one unit. We’re unbreakable.”