A 21-year-old man has been arrested allegedly hiring an Uber driver to pick up a 14-year-old girl and bring her to his grandparents' house for sex.
Details of the Case
Canadian County deputies say Taylor Kilgore, of Oklahoma City, was chatting online with an undercover officer he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Kilgore reportedly told the "girl" over social media that he would like to "hook up for sex," and that he would like to arrange group sex with the girl and one of his friends. Investigators say that Kilgore sent multiple pictures of his genitals to the "girl."
Deputies say that Kilgore, who does not have a car of his own, arranged for an Uber driver to pick up the girl and bring her to his grandparents' house, where he lives. He reportedly told the girl that if his grandparents woke up while she was over, she should tell them that she was 18 years old.
When the Uber driver arrived at the location to pick up the girl, deputies told the driver what was going on. The driver agreed to help investigators and took a female undercover officer to Kilgore's home. Investigators say Kilgore was "anxiously" waiting for the girl on the front lawn. He was interviewed on the scene and reportedly admitted to talking to someone he believed to be 14 years old and attempting to meet her to engage in sexual intercourse.
Deputies arrested Kilgore on the scene and transported him to the Canadian County Jail. He was booked into the jail on a complaint of facilitating sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology. His bond was set at $50,000.
According to 21 O.S. § 1040.13a, it is a felony sex crime to solicit sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology:
It is unlawful for any person to facilitate, encourage, offer or solicit sexual conduct with a minor, or other individual the person believes to be a minor, by use of any technology, or to engage in any communication for sexual or prurient interest with any minor, or other individual the person believes to be a minor, by use of any technology.
There have been cases in which a person charged under similar circumstances has defended himself or herself by pointing out that no actual minor was involved in the case, because the defendant was chatting with an adult undercover law officer, and not a minor at all. However, Oklahoma law expressly excludes this as a defense:
The fact that an undercover operative or law enforcement officer was involved in the detection and investigation of an offense pursuant to this section shall not constitute a defense to a prosecution under this section.
Under Oklahoma law, soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. It is a Level 2 sex offense, mandating 25 years of sex offender registration for anyone convicted under this statute.