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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Muldrow Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Material Involving Sexual Exploitation Of Minors

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JAMES CHRISTOPHER COOKE, age 38, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Possession of certain Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252(a)(4)(B) and 2252(b)(2).

The charges are a result from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant was indicted in March, 2014.

The Indictment alleged that from between in or about September, 2012 and December 5, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant, did knowingly possess and attempt to possess matters which contained visual depictions, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(5), the production of said visual depictions involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2256(2)(A)-(B), and said visual depictions were of sexually explicit conduct, and had been transported in interstate commerce by computer.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is up to 10 years imprisonment, 5 years to life on supervision and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015