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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Edmond Man Pleads Guilty to Coercing a Child to Produce Child Pornography

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –  Carlos Alexander Davila, 23, of Edmond, pleaded guilty today to production 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.

On July 13, 2016, Davila was charged in an information with production of child pornography depicting the Florida girl. During the plea hearing today before United States District Judge David L. Russell, Davila admitted he persuaded, induced, and coerced the 14-year-old to produce pornographic images of herself and to text them to him. At sentencing, Davila faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison.  A sentencing hearing will be set by the court in approximately 90 days.

This case was 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.

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Updated July 19, 2016