A band teacher at a Putnam City school in Oklahoma was arrested last month on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. According to the police investigation, the Oklahoma City man distributed numerous files containing pornographic images of children to a Guthrie police officer, an offense that could lead to severe penalties like incarceration, hefty …
A band teacher at a Putnam City school in Oklahoma was arrested last month on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. According to the police investigation, the Oklahoma City man distributed numerous files containing pornographic images of children to a Guthrie police officer, an offense that could lead to severe penalties like incarceration, hefty fines, required sex offender registration for life and significant restrictions on where he can live and work if he is convicted of the sex crimes. If you have been charged with a serious sex offense in Oklahoma, like child pornography, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights. Contact our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center as soon as possible to discuss your possible defense options. Our team of defense lawyers has extensive experience handling sex crime cases, and will work diligently to help you build a strong defense in your case.
Undercover Investigation into Distribution of Child Pornography
According to police, 38-year-old Eric Mowery is facing six counts of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography. The case was initiated by a police officer conducting an undercover investigation into the sharing of child pornography over the Internet, and led to members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) arresting Mowery at his home in Oklahoma City. ICAC task force members from the Guthrie Police Department, OSBI, Edmond Police Department and OSBI’s Computer Crimes Unit served a search warrant at Mowery’s residence on December 19, 2012, where several computer-related items were seized. An on-scene preview revealed child pornography on at least six of the items.
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Sex crimes are considered serious offenses and are punished accordingly in Oklahoma, especially those perpetrated against children. Internet sex crimes, such as possessing and distributing child pornography, are becoming more and more common in Oklahoma and across the United States, as gaining unsupervised access to computers and to the internet becomes easier for minors and young children. In response to this issue, law enforcement agencies have taken steps to establish harsher penalties for sex offenders in Oklahoma and to make more arrests, which sometimes involves undercover law enforcement officers posing as minors on the internet. In fact, internet solicitations to undercover law enforcement, as was the case with Eric Mowery, make up a whopping 25% of all internet sex crimes committed against minors. If you are facing charges for child pornography or another major sex crime in Oklahoma, consult our criminal defense attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center today.