Federal Jury Convicts McCurtain County Resident Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse And Abusive Sexual Contact Of A Child In Indian Country
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Geovanta Ty'Kearon Lee, age 21, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was found guilty by a federal jury on charges of (1) Cyberstalking, (2) Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm in Indian Country, (3) Use, Carry, Brandish, and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, (4) Receipt of Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and (5) Possession of Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in Indian Country. The jury trial began on Monday, February 27, 2023, and concluded on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.
During the trial, the United States presented evidence that on February 23, 2022, in Ardmore, Lee followed a vehicle driven by his ex-girlfriend. When the ex-girlfriend stopped her vehicle, Lee exited his vehicle holding a firearm. Lee discharged the firearm when the ex-girlfriend began to drive away, striking her trunk on the driver’s side. The bullet was stopped by an amplifier in the trunk. Lee fled the scene after the shooting. In the month after the assault, Lee engaged in a course of conduct, using Facebook and phone calls, to intimidate and harass his ex-girlfriend. Phones recovered from the Defendant’s bedroom were searched as part of the investigation and contained evidence the Defendant received and possessed a video depicting sexual exploitation of a minor.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the Defendant is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in Carter County, within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation Reservation and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The guilty verdicts were the result of investigations by the Ardmore Police Department, Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following completion of the report. Lee was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending the imposition of sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Flanigan and Special Assistant United States Attorney Dwight Artis represented the United States.