Tulsa Man Sentenced To Over 17 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography
TULSA, Okla.—Kenneth R. Morain, 63, of Tulsa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge James H. Payne to 210 months in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervised release, for possessing, receiving, and distributing more than 33,000 image and video files of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr., for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Morain was also ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution to the victims. He was charged by a grand jury on February 3, 2014, and he pleaded guilty on July 17, 2014.
“Exploiting and abusing the most vulnerable in our community is a heinous crime,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “We will work with our law enforcement partners to track down those who exploit and abuse children and prosecute those criminals to the fullest extent of the law. The defendant will now face the consequences of his crimes behind bars.”
Morain used free Wi-Fi internet services at various businesses across Tulsa to access and share child pornography via the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing network called ARES. He would view and download child pornography while seated in his vehicle parked in a business’s parking lot. During the investigation more than 33,000 images and video files of child pornography were discovered on Morain’s seized computer and removable flash drives.
The case was a joint investigation by the FBI and the Tulsa Police Department; prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey A. Gallant.
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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.