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Talihina Man Sentenced To 262 Months For Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

April 18, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that DONALD LAQUINN WEST III, a/k/a "Toby" West, age 38, of Talihina, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment, followed by life term of supervision for Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor Child, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a).

The charge arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Tribal Police, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted as part of the United States Attorney’s Office - Project Safe Childhood (PSC) in Indian Country. The defendant was indicted in November, 2012 and pled guilty in December 2012.

The Indictment alleged that on or about a date uncertain to the Grand Jury between January 22, 2010 and January 22, 2011, in Latimer County, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did, employ, use, induce, entice and coerce a minor child under the age of eighteen, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, specifically, the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area of said minor child, for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, which such visual depiction was produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over today’s hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

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