ICAC Task Force Investigation Leads to Child Porn Arrest in Canadian County

Last week, Canadian County Sheriff's Deputies and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force members arrested an El Reno man for aggravated possession of child pornography and other charges. Deputies executed a search warrant at a home in El Reno after an ICAC investigation indicated that child pornography had been downloaded at that address. An on-site examination of electronic devices in the home revealed more than 100 images of child pornography. Investigators say one of six adults living in the home, 30-year-old Christopher Sexton, admitted that he was solely responsible for downloading the pornographic images of children.  Deputies say they also found marijuana, scales, and a handgun, and that Sexton also admitted the items were his. Because Sexton has a prior felony conviction and because there were four children living in the home, several of the criminal complaints on which he was arrested were enhanced. He was booked into the Canadian County Jail on complaints of aggravated possession of child pornography, violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, possession of marijuana in the presence of a minor, and felon in possession of a firearm. Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards says that this is the department's second child pornography arrest this month in which the suspect was living in a home with children. In early May, deputies executed a search warrant at a home in Oklahoma City after an investigation indicated that child pornography was being shared online from the residence. Investigators say Dustin Miller, 23, distributed a video of a children as young as 8 being sexually abused by adults. When deputies arrived at the home, they say they found Miller actively downloading child pornography while he was sitting next to his mother and two toddlers played on the floor nearby. Deputies say Miller admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography for about a month, citing curiosity as the reason for his crimes. He was booked into the Canadian County Jail and held on $125,000 bond. Possessing even a single image of child pornography carries heavy penalties--up to 20 years in prison. Aggravated possession of child pornography, or the possession of 100 or more pornographic images of children, is a much more serious offense. Aggravated possession of child pornography is punishable by life in prison under § 1040.12a. Click here to learn more about Oklahoma child pornography laws and the penalties associated with the possession, production, and distribution of child pornography in the state.

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