Oklahoma man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. — An Oklahoma man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester, Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced this sentence. The charges arose from an investigation by the Muldrow Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Ryan Edward Offineer, 41, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, 15 years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay $8,500 in restitution to the victim(s) for possessing child pornography.

The indictment alleged that from about June 2013 to about March 7, 2018, Offineer knowingly possessed, attempted to possess and accessed with intent to view, child pornography. Those visual depictions involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and the images had been transported in interstate commerce by computer.

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “People who possess child pornography should never feel comfortable that their despicable acts will go undetected. Across the country there are law enforcement agencies working diligently to detect, investigate and prosecute those who exploit children. This defendant’s sentence is a result of that work.”

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the sentencing hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney John David Luton prosecuted this case.

Offineer remains in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child exploitation material, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2017, more than 2,700 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 900 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.