McAlester Man Charged With Video Voyeurism, Record/Transmit Obscenity, And Using Electronic Equipment In A Clandestine Manner
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Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and Pittsburg County District Attorney Farley Ward, announced that federal and state criminal Informations were filed charging KENNETH WAYDE ELKINS, age 55, of McAlester, Oklahoma, with three counts of Video Voyeurism, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1801, two counts of Record/Transmit Obscenity, in violation of Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1021(A)(3), and two counts of Using Electronic Equipment in Clandestine Manner, in violation of Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1171(C).
The charges arose from an investigation by the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the McAlester Police Department. The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government and therefore crimes occurring within the boundaries of the Plant are investigated and prosecuted by federal law enforcement.
The investigation revealed that between July 1, 2013 and August 14, 2013, ELKINS, an employee at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, allegedly installed a hidden video camera in a ladies restroom at the ammunition plant and recorded females in the restroom. ELKINS allegedly captured an image of the private area of three separate female victims while they were using the restroom.
As a part of the federal investigation, a search warrant was executed at the home of ELKINS. That search revealed evidence of additional crimes which occurred within the jurisdiction of the state of Oklahoma. The state crimes allege that between July 1, 2013 and August 19, 2013, ELKINS allegedly captured and downloaded on a computer images of child pornography and also allegedly used electronic surveillance equipment in a residence in McAlester to capture an image of the private area of persons in the residence. The McAlester Police Department and the Pittsburg County District Attorney’s Office are prosecuting the state crimes.
Each federal offense of Video Voyeurism, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1801, is punishable by not more than one year of imprisonment and up to a $100,000 fine or both fine and imprisonment. Each state offense of Record/Transmit Obscenity, Title 21, Section 1021(A)(3), is punishable by not less than 30 days nor more than ten years imprisonment and up to a $20,000 fine or both fine and imprisonment. Each state offense of Using Electronic Equipment in Clandestine Manner, Title 21, Section 1171(C), is punishable by not more than one year imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine or both fine and imprisonment.
Elkins is currently out on bond on the state charges and his next court appearance in the District Court of Pittsburg County is scheduled for December 20, 2013. Elkins is scheduled to appear on January 15, 2014 in the Eastern District of Oklahoma for arraignment on the federal charges.
Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris is representing the United States.
Assistant District Attorney, Danita Williams is representing the State of Oklahoma.