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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Oklahoma City Man Charged With Traveling To Colorado To Bring 13-Year-Old To Oklahoma City To Engage In Illicit Sexual Conduct

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Late last Friday, a criminal complaint was unsealed charging MARK SUMPTER, 43, from Oklahoma City, with traveling to Colorado to pick up a 13-year-old girl to bring her to Oklahoma City to engage in illicit sexual conduct, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to court records, on June 27, 2014, the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) notified the FBI that they had recovered an endangered 13-year-old runaway girl who was reported missing to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in Douglas County, Colorado. It is alleged that an investigation of social media accounts were traced to an IP address located at 1916 Heritage Park Drive, Apartment 249, in Oklahoma City. When OCPD officers responded to the address they found Sumpter and the missing girl. The complaint alleges that Sumpter and the girl communicated through the website, Skype (a Voice Over Internet Protocol service that allows users to communicate through a computer or other wifi-compatible device), and Kik (a social media application designed for mobile technology that utilizes usernames, rather than phone numbers, to connect people via instant messaging). It is alleged that after exchanging messages and sexually-explicit photos, Sumpter traveled to Colorado to pick up the girl and return to Oklahoma City where they stayed for several days, from approximately June 21, 2014 through June 27, 2014. It is alleged that during the trip from Colorado to Oklahoma and at the Oklahoma City apartment, Sumpter engaged in illicit sexual conduct with the 13-year-old girl. Reference is made to the criminal complaint for further information.

Sumpter was arrested on July 17, 2014, and appeared before a United States Magistrate in Oklahoma City late last Friday afternoon. He is held without bond.

If convicted, Sumpter faces up to life in prison. The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department (Colorado), the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Edmond Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brandon Hale and Julia E. Barry.

Updated December 15, 2014