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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

Friday, February 16, 2018

Broken Arrow Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Exploitation of a Child

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced today that Noel McFadden, 71, of Broken Arrow, pleaded guilty before Chief United States District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. Sentencing is set for May 16, 2018.

According to admissions made in connection with the plea agreement, in April 2017, McFadden knowingly coerced a minor under the age of 12 to take pictures of her genitals with a cellphone he had given her.  McFadden faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 15 years up to 30 years, and a fine of $250,000.  

United States Attorney Shores stated, “This prosecution is another example of law enforcement dedicating their professional lives to protecting those who cannot protect themselves.  Predators will be prosecuted, and most importantly, held accountable by my office.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Broken Arrow Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey A. Gallant handled the prosecution of this case.

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Updated February 16, 2018