Green County Wildlife Advocate Due in Court on Abuse Charges

A 45-year-old man known as "Safari Joe" is due to appear before a court room Friday on charges of sex abuse with minors.

Joe Matthew Estes will appear before court for his preliminary hearing at the Mayes County court house Friday. His charges include engaging in sexual activities with two 16-year-old females between May 2005 and September 2006.

Back in September, Estes also was charged with a count of rape by instrumentation.

Mayes County Assistant District Attorney Marney Hill told that there is no evidence that Estes engaged in any illegal or inappropriate activities with students at any schools in which he may have given presentations during his time as "Safari Joe" and that these allegations concern activities taking place at his wildlife sanctuary only.

According to Ms. Hill, the first two victims did not report the alleged crimes until 2012.

Mr. Estes surrendered himself to police back in August and was taken to the Mayes County Jail.

His bond was set at $25,000.

Safari Joe's is a 200-acre exotic wildlife rescue sanctuary located three miles north of Adair on Highway 69.