Man arrested in especially disturbing child porn case


OKLAHOMA CITY – Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation worked with officers from other agencies to put a suspected child porn distributor behind bars.

Authorities seized several computers, a handful of hard drivers and tens of thousands of images of child pornography.

Guthrie Police Lieutenant Mark Bruning is the lead investigator on the case.

“He was trading a very large amount of child pornography, very graphic,” Lt. Bruning said. “We put a rush on the subpoena because of how bad the pictures were. We got that back a couple of days ago and then did the search warrant at his house.”

Detectives said the images are graphic, containing children as young as newborns to as old as six, forced into sex acts.

Officers with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested 39-year-old Lee Myrick on felony charges for distributing child porn.

Officers got a search warrant to raid his home at the Falcon Crest Mobile Home Community, where a few registered sex offenders have been found before.

Myrick has been previously convicted of sex crimes in Spokane, Washington.

According to the Falcon Crest manager, Jeff Wendel, there are several sex offenders who live at Falcon Crest.

“I believe everyone deserves a second chance,” Wendel said. “If someone’s down in a hole, I have no problem if they want to change. Throw them down a rope, if they want to climb up and help themselves out, great. If not, they can hang themselves with it.”

Police are now sifting through the evidence to determine if it was produced in Oklahoma and if any Oklahoma children are involved.

A proposal in the State Senate would fund additional resources for ICAC, if passed.

SB 1002 would increase the fine for some crimes by $10, funneling that additional funding to several state programs aimed at investigating crimes against children.