Mustang Man Arrested for Possession of 21,000+ Images of Child Porn

After an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) undercover investigation indicated that a Mustang man was distributing child pornography over the internet, the Canadian County Sheriff's Department made a startling discovery. They say that when they arrested Bobby Gene Landrum, 42, at his home in Mustang, he admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography "out of curiosity." However, investigators say that a search of multiple computers in Landrum's home revealed tens of thousands of images of child pornography. Sheriff's deputies say they found more than 21,000 images of children ranging in age from infancy to 15, and that these images were categorized in files with classifications based on the victims' ages and graphic indicators related to the content of the files. Landrum was booked into the Canadian County jail last week on complaints of distribution of child pornography and aggravated possession of child pornography. He was held on $300,000 bond, but after additional images were found, the District Attorney is expected to file additional charges, and the bond will likely increase to $500,000, according to this report. Landrum has previous felony convictions for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in Grady County and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Garvin County. Misdemeanor convictions include DUI and domestic abuse. Oklahoma law defines child pornography as any image of visual depiction of a minor under the age of 18 engaged in "normal or perverted" sexual activity or of a minor who is nude, semi-nude, or whose genitals or breasts are exposed for the sexual stimulation of the viewer. Under state law, each individual image is counted as a separate offense, and multiple copies of the same image are likewise counted as separate, individual images. In general, the possession or distribution of child pornography is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, according to 21 O.S. 1021.2. Aggravated possession of child pornography, however, is considered a much more serious offense. Aggravated child pornography is the possession of 100 or more images of child pornography, as defined in 21 O.S. 1041.12a:

Any person who, with knowledge of its contents, possesses one hundred (100) or more separate materials depicting child pornography shall be, upon conviction, guilty of aggravated possession of child pornography. The violator shall be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not exceeding life imprisonment and by a fine in an amount not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00). The violator, upon conviction, shall be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offenders Registration Act.

Landrum is accused of possessing more than 210 times the number of images required to trigger the aggravated possession statute. If he is guilty of the crime of which he is accused, his offense goes far beyond simple "curiosity." If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison, and if he is released, he will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 15 years subsequent to the end of his sentence.

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