Oklahomans Arrested in Federal Child Pornography Sting

A federal sting operation intended to crack down on child pornography has left at least two Oklahoma men needing the services of an attorney who is experienced at handling federal sex crime defense in Oklahoma.  According to  United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a month long sting operation conducted during may resulted in the arrests of 190 alleged child predators, including a man from Oklahoma City and another from Tulsa. The sting operation, named "Operation Orion," was conducted as a joint effort of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  A Homeland Security news release reported that Operation Orion "was aimed at finding individuals who possessed, received, transported, distributed, advertised or produced images or videos of child pornography."  During the month of May, the sting resulted in the arrests of nearly two hundred alleged child predators and the rescue of eighteen child victims.  The news release states that most of the arrests were made in the United States, but that the investigation did catch suspects in various other countries around the world. Included in the arrest totals are two Oklahoma men, one from Tulsa and another from Oklahoma City.  Little information has been released about the Tulsa suspect and his alleged crime, other than the suspect's age of 29.  The Oklahoma City suspect is identified as Aaron McKee, 35.  McKee is accused of coercion and enticement after allegedly meeting a 14-year-old girl on a social networking site and texting her to offer money in exchange for sex.  McKee was arrested in a neighboring state. Others arrested as a result of Operation Orion are accused of crimes such as the sexual assault of a 7-year-old child one suspect babysat and convincing a minor to participate in illegal sexual conduct while a suspect photographed and secretly recorded on video the sexual encounters. Being charged with a sex offense is quite serious, but being charged with a federal sex offense makes the stakes even higher.  Federal prosecution is backed by the investigation and evidence gleaned by skilled federal agencies--in the case of Operation Orion, agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  Other cases may include investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  Sex offenses including child pornography, those which cross state lines, or those involving internet sex crimes are often charged as federal offenses.  If you or someone you love needs a federal sex offense attorney in Oklahoma, contact (405) 418-8888 for a free consultation.

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