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Tulsa Teacher Sentenced to 13 Years For Receiving Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla.—A Union Public Schools teacher was sentenced today to serve 13 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography followed by 20 years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

James Russell Wilson, 32, of Tulsa, was indicted by a grand jury in April 2016, and pleaded guilty on June 14, 2016.

According to court documents, from October 2014 to about December 2014, Wilson found the public profile of a 12 year-old girl on Instagram and began sending messages to her username on Kik, an online-messaging program. In the course of “chatting” with the child over several months, Wilson requested increasingly more revealing and ultimately sexual photos of her and enticed the child to expose herself and perform sexual acts on herself. Wilson sent her pictures in which he exposed himself and engaged in masturbation. Wilson convinced the 12 year-old girl to send, and Wilson received, photos of her engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including the lascivious exhibition of her genitalia through her underwear or other clothing, and both simulated and actual masturbation.

United States Immigration Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were the investigating agencies. Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew J. Hofland and Allen J. Litchfield prosecuted the case.

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, 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 and internet safety education, please visit


Updated September 14, 2016

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