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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Broken Arrow Man Sentenced To 30 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Chief District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Noel McFadden, 71, of Broken Arrow, to 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for sexual exploitation of a child. McFadden must also pay restitution in the amount of $18,365.94. 

On February 16, 2018, McFadden pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.  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.

United States Attorney Shores stated, “I applaud the hard work of the FBI and the Broken Arrow police department in bringing this child predator to justice.  But most importantly, it was due to the courageous efforts of two small children and their family who made sure Noel McFadden will never harm another child. They stood up to their abuser and ended it.” 

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey A. Gallant said, “At sentencing, several relatives of the victim spoke about the harm inflicted by McFadden.  One of his victims, only 9 years old, made a powerful statement in open court where she emphasized she was not a victim, but a strong survivor. She stood up to McFadden and ensured no other children would ever be harmed again by him.”

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 May 21, 2018