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News Release

04/26/2013


Attorney General’s Office Arrests Oklahoma City Man in Child Pornography Case


OKLAHOMA CITY – Investigators with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, a member of the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested an Oklahoma City man Friday for child pornography.

Stephen Anthony Choate, 39, was arrested on one count of distribution of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

The Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Attorney General’s Office and the Guthrie Police Department, were assisted Friday by the Oklahoma City Police Department in serving the search warrant on Choate’s residence.

According to investigators, computer items were found at the scene and previewed. Child pornography was found on two devices. The computer items were sent to the OSBI Computer Crimes Unit for further examination and to determine the total number of images, and the possible identities of victims.

The case was initiated by a Guthrie police officer who investigates the distribution of child pornography over the Internet. During the investigation, investigators said Choate distributed child pornography to task force members on several occasions. The case was then referred to the AG’s Office for further investigation.

“Child pornography endangers and exploits young victims, and will not be tolerated,” Pruitt said. “The AG’s Office will continue to assist investigations and local law enforcement to safeguard Oklahoma families.”

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