A Southeastern Oklahoma State University student has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in sexually explicit online conversations with a child he believed to be 11 years old.
Canadian County Sheriff's deputies say Kyle Henthorn, 18, of Mustang, began communicating with the boy last month. The 13-year-old boy was pretending to be only 11 years old, and Henthorn allegedly believed the boy's deception.
According to investigators with the Canadian County ICAC task force, the suspect began making sexual comments and suggestions to the child. The boy then reportedly told Henthorn that the conversations were making him uncomfortable, but the suspect persisted in continuing sexual communication.
Investigators say the 18-year-old described his own anatomy in graphic detail and asked the boy whether he masturbated or experimented sexually yet. The child allegedly told the suspect he was only interested in girls, but the man reportedly continued the sexually explicit conversations.
Investigators determined that Henthorn was a SOSU student and worked with campus police to locate him. When ICAC investigators interviewed their suspect, they say he admitted to having sexually explicit conversations with a boy he believed to be 11 years old. He reportedly consented to a search of his cell phone, and investigators say they found additional sexual conversations with other underage children, including some in the United Kingdom. They say he used SnapChat to send nude pictures of himself to minors.
Canadian County Sheriff Chris West says of the investigation, "We are still figuring out just how many victims this man has. Kyle Henthorn has attempted to victimize numerous children on Social Media, we are going to figure out how many and how many more charges are going to send over for prosecution."
Henthorn was booked into the Canadian County Jail, where he is held on $100,000 bond. As of this writing, court records do not indicate that he has had formal charges filed at this time.
Canadian County is located to the west of Oklahoma City
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