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Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office detectives have concluded an investigation that revealed a suspect was in possession of at least 461 articles of child pornography.
The investigation began in December when detectives were provided information regarding the possession of child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) operates a 24-hour hotline, known as the CyberTipline for receiving online and telephonic reports of internet facilitated crimes against children. Electronic service providers (ESPs) are required under federal law to report certain types of child sexual exploitation to the CyberTipline.
In this case, NCMEC distributed information regarding the possible possession of child pornography to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. OSBI is the lead agency in charge of Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). CCSO is a member and has investigators who are assigned to the specific task force.
On Dec. 22, Dropbox reported a Cybertip to NCMEC, which distributed the information to ICAC. The task force subsequently referred the investigation to CCSO.
CCSO detectives executed a search warrant Jan. 11, at a residence in the 500 block of Hanging Elm Drive in Norman. As detectives served the warrant, they discovered a male suspect in possession of child pornography.
Investigators interviewed the suspect, and he admitted to possessing and distributing the material.
Formal charges are pending in the Cleveland County Juvenile Court System. The suspect’s name won’t be released because these charges will be filed as a result from acts committed as a juvenile.
Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.