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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 26, 2016

California Man Sentenced to 210 Months For Sexual Exploitation of a Child

TULSA, Okla.— A California man, with ties to Miami, Oklahoma, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Claire V. Eagan to serve 210 months in prison to be followed by seven years of supervised release for sexual exploitation of a child, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Matthew Thomas Chaffin, 32, pleaded guilty on May 16, 2016, after being indicted by a Grand Jury on January 8, 2015.

According to admissions made at the change of plea hearing, Chaffin, also known by his rap music alter-ego, “King Fobia,” coerced a six-year-old to perform sexual acts upon him in a hotel room in Miami, Oklahoma, and filmed the abuse with his cell phone. Chaffin’s crime was discovered after a resident of Northeastern Oklahoma later came across Chaffin’s abandoned cell phone and reported finding suspected child pornography on the phone to law enforcement.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) was the investigating agency. Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew J. Hofland and Jeffrey A. Gallant prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, 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 www.justice.gov/psc

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 26, 2016