Teen arrested for porn after federal, state, county investigation

A 15-year-old male caught with more than 1,000 videos and child pornography images has been arrested by sheriff’s deputies in Mustang.

The young man, whose name is not being released, was arrested July 19 following a week-long investigation. The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. The OSBI requested the CCSO handle the case passed down from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and called in a child-forensic interviewer to be present when they arrived.

The juvenile greeted investigators at the door, peeked out and quickly closed the door.
Reports said a search of the residence revealed a computer in the juvenile’s bedroom with videos and images of children, as young as age 2, being raped and sexually exploited.

When the guardians arrived, investigators provided a copy of the search warrant and explained the situation. The guardians reportedly gave consent for a forensic interview to be conducted while they were present and a full confession was obtained.

“This case is absolutely one of the worse we’ve encountered involving a juvenile suspect and child pornography.  It’s hard to comprehend how anyone and especially a kid this young, gets involved so deep into the hideous world of child pornography,” said Undersheriff Chris West.

The teen was taken to the juvenile detention center at the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center and the case has been turned over to the Canadian County District Attorney’s Office.

A Helping Hand
Previously, the CCSO, with the help of the Children’s Justice Center, has held safety classes for local school districts, parents and guardians on the dangers of Internet safety posed to children.

Lt. Adam Flowers, who directs the sheriff’s Internet Crimes division, said what investigators found on the juvenile’s computer was nothing like he spoke of in his safety classes.

He has told stories about teens sharing pictures of other teens, he said. But in this instance, a teen had pre-pubescent pictures and videos of young children.
“The children were crying out for their parents,“ Flowers said. “This was a whole different level.”

Flowers said the juvenile’s guardians were completely unaware of what the youth was doing. He said if any parent ever has a question about Internet crimes or safety, they can call the CCSO and make an appointment.

Flowers can be reached at 422-3187 or by email at [email protected]

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