Oklahoma Child Pornography Cases in the News

Over the last week, several cases involving child pornography have made local news headlines:  new developments in a story that came to light last holiday season, a middle school teacher was arrested for possession of child pornography, and another man was arrested for sharing child porn with an undercover officer. Last year, McCloud third grade teacher Kimberly Crain was accused of taking pictures of several female students in their underwear at a Christmas tree-decorating party at her home and distributing the images to former Oklahoma Baptist University professor Gary Doby.  Though a Pottawatomie County District Court judge has rejected a change-of-venue request, he has allowed the two defendants to stand trial separately.  Both Crain and Doby have pleaded not guilty. On Tuesday, an Oklahoma City man was arrested after allegedly sharing child pornography with an undercover Guthrie police officer. Stephen H. Jackson, 46, was arrested on complaints of aggravated possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, production of child pornography, forcible sodomy, lewd acts with a minor, and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.  The OSBI's Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Jackson after allegedly discovering pornographic images of two local children at his home. On Wednesday, a Putnam City middle school teacher was arrested at his home on complaints of possession and distribution of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.  Hefner Middle School band director Eric W. Mowery, 38, was also arrested after a Guthrie police investigation into child pornography online. An OSBI spokeswoman said there have been no complaints of inappropriate conduct with students, and the images discovered at Mowery's home do not appear to be of local children. In a separate child sex abuse case, a high school teacher was charged Monday in Seminole County with child sexual abuse, child sexual abuse by exploitation, and sexual battery.  Butner High School teacher Russell Scott Walden, 36, is accused of making indecent proposals to a 16-year-old student and exchanging explicit photographs with her.  Although the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, teachers are forbidden from engaging in sexual contact with students, even if the students are aged 16 or older. If you or someone you love needs legal representation following allegations of sex crimes,  visit our Oklahoma Criminal Defense website and find a sex crimes defense attorney who can help.

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