Tulsa Man to Spend 25 Years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation, Child Pornography

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TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court for hiding a camera in a minor victim’s bedroom so he could capture images and video of the child in various stages of undress, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Kor Vang, 36, to 25 years in federal prison. Vang previously pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography in Indian Country.

“Kor Vang can no longer victimize this child or any others because he will be spending the next 25 years in federal prison. Upon his release, he will also be monitored for a lifetime by U.S. probation officials,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Agents and Task Force Officers from Homeland Security Investigations and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are to be commended for their work in this case and continue to be critical partners in the fight to protect children from predators.”

“Identifying and investigating those who prey on our nation’s children is a top priority for HSI Dallas and our field office in Tulsa,” said HSI Dallas Special Agent in Charge,  Lester R. Hayes Jr. “This lengthy sentence should serve as a warning that HSI will never relent in our efforts to prosecute those seeking to exploit our most vulnerable population.“

In a January 2022 plea agreement, Vang admitted that from July 2019 to November 2021, he concealed a hidden camera inside a Bluetooth speaker and placed it in an 11-year-old child’s bedroom. He specifically recorded video and took pictures of the victim when she was undressed inside her bedroom and shower using the hidden camera and his cell phone. He further admitted that he gained unauthorized access the victim’s iCloud account and obtained images showing the victim in various stages of undress.

Vang initially triggered a law enforcement investigation after he downloaded child pornography. On Nov. 17, 2021, special agents with Homeland Security Investigations and task force officers and deputies from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office executed a federal search and seizure warrant on Vang’s home.

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Vang waived his Miranda Rights and spoke to an agent at the scene. Vang stated that he had been addicted to child pornography for approximately five years and indicated that child pornography would likely be on his phone. He explained that he also exchanged the illicit depictions with others online.

Vang further told the agent that he had used a hidden camera to record the victim and gained access to the victim’s iCloud account where he obtained more images of the child.

When agents and officers reviewed the phone at the scene, they located hundreds of videos and images of the victim clothed and unclothed. Vang was arrested at the scene. A later review of Vang’s phone also revealed a video depicting the rape of an infant.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Niko A. Boulieris and Christopher J. Nassar prosecuted the case.