Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Sharing Child Pornography on Snapchat
GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA. – July 10, 2018
An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to charges after he used Snapchat to share child pornography.
Few crimes are more repulsive than pedophilia and few more distributing than child pornography. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter fully shares this view. “Crimes against children are abhorrent and despicable and receive zero tolerance from this office,” Hunter said.
On Monday, he announced that 36-year-old Enrique Segura pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated possession of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and being in violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.
The charges were the result of an undercover investigation that began when agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation received a tip about someone using social media to share child pornography.
The tip indicated that someone was using Snapchat to send pictures and videos containing child pornography to other app users.
Enrique Segura was sure that a Snapchat was a safe place to commit his crime, because photos are immediately deleted after the user sends them. Thus confidentiality was maintained, and the correspondence could not be tracked. But thankfully, he was wrong.
Investigators say they were able to track the IP address to Segura’s account. After obtaining a search warrant, officers seized a cell phone, a computer and other digital storage devices from Segura’s home.
Following a forensic examination, authorities say they discovered over 10,000 explicit pictures and videos of suspected child pornography. Officials say some of the underage boys ranged in age from 2-years-old to 12-years-old.
“I appreciate the work put into this case by individuals in my office as well as the OSBI and Guthrie Police Department, who successfully collaborated to hold this individual accountable for his disturbing actions. We remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure individuals who engage in this reprehensible conduct are put away so they cannot prey on innocent children,” said Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.
It was announced that Segura pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday.