The Norman Transcript

State/Region

January 5, 2014

ICE: Okla. case shows international cooperation

OKLAHOMA CITY — The recent sentencing of an eastern Oklahoma man for producing child pornography is an example of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s cooperation with international law enforcement agencies, according to ICE’s resident agent in charge in Oklahoma.

David Anthony Baker, 35, of Howe was sentenced Dec. 19 to 39 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in July to charges of producing child pornography and to producing child pornography as a registered sex offender, said Paul Steenson, ICE’s resident agent in charge in Oklahoma.

Baker, who was on supervised release after a California conviction for lewd molestation of a child, is now in the custody of U.S. marshals pending his assignment to a federal prison. His attorneys did not respond to phone calls and emails for comment.

The investigation began in July 2012 when a foreign law enforcement agency, which Steenson declined to identify, notified the Cyber Crimes Center in the U.S. that it had identified a person in Oklahoma who was uploading child porn.

“It’s connected to a lot of ongoing criminal investigations that we have going,” Steenson said.

Steenson said child pornography sites are often hosted in other countries where they are detected by international law enforcement agencies.

“We have a presence in 48 countries throughout the world. They share with us and get information to a local field office in the U.S., and vice versa,” Steenson said.

Dani Bennett, an ICE spokeswoman, said child pornography is a unique crime in that money is often not the motivating factor.

“He uploaded it to the internet. And the reason he uploaded it to the Internet was so others on the Internet would send him child pornography,” Bennett said.

Bennett said one of the agencies ICE partners with is the international police agency Interpol, which seeks various clues into a suspect’s nationality.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
State/Region
  • Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates’ claims

    Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates’ claims OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they’re entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them....

    April 24, 2014

  • Okla. House defeats bond issue to repair Capitol

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state’s nearly 100-year-old Capitol....

    April 23, 2014

  • Fallin signs bill for Okla. trooper raises

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that would give Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers their first pay raise in seven years, although the pay increase won’t come unless money is included in a separate budget proposal....

    April 23, 2014

  • Smoke-out marks holiday

    DENVER — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Survivors observe 19th anniversary

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Survivors, rescue workers and the family members of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have observed the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack....

    April 20, 2014

  • State budget talks center on cuts

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor’s office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund programs for education, public ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Dental groups oppose measure

    TULSA — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature, proposed as a reaction to the case of an oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions, that deals with training requirements for oral surgery ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Dental groups oppose legislation

    TULSA — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature dealing with training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants....

    April 20, 2014

  • Pork producer subsidiary plans to use compressed gas

    GUYMON — A subsidiary of Oklahoma pork producer Seaboard Foods has begun using trucks fueled by compressed natural gas to deliver biodiesel....

    April 20, 2014

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Bombing museum gets tech boost

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the ...

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo