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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 20, 2016

Edmond Man Charged with Inducing a Child to Produce Child Pornography—Then Using it to Engage in Sextortion

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –  Carlos Alexander Davila, 23, of Edmond, was charged yesterday with production and possession of child pornography, announced Mark A. Yancey, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.  

According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint, Davila contacted a 14-year-old Florida girl in March of 2016 through Facebook, after seeing her post a comment that her friend had committed suicide.  They began communicating via Facebook and later by texting and the smartphone application, Kik.  It is alleged that Davila told the girl that he was studying to become a psychologist, and he would help her deal with her friend’s suicide. Eventually, the defendant asked the girl for nude photos in exchange for his emotional support.  The girl told Davila that she was only 14, but he said it did not matter. The girl eventually sent Davila nude images of herself.

According to court records, the girl reported that Davila became very possessive of her, and when she tried to end their online relationship, he threatened to post online the nude images she had sent him.  According to text messages described in court records, the girl begged Davila to delete her images, but he said he would "keep every single pic and video" and would "leak everything" about her "to everyone," especially his "hungry friends in need of fresh meat." Davila allegedly texted her, saying, "The more you ignore me the more I’ll expose you without a care in the world."  He allegedly texted her that if she did not respond to him in five minutes, he would post a picture she had sent him—alongside a request that listed her contact information and asked for pictures of men’s penises.  Davila allegedly used a phone-number-spoofing app to send the girl text messages to give her the impression that her images had in fact been posted online and that people were contacting her.

According to court records, when Edmond Police Department officers examined Davila’s electronic devices, they found child pornography depicting the Florida girl, as well as other images of child pornography.

If convicted of producing child pornography, Davila faces a minimum of fifteen and a maximum of thirty years in prison, as well as supervised release of five years to life.

This case is being investigated by the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department and the Edmond Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Hale.

Please note that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated June 1, 2016