SPENCER, Okla. – A Spencer man faces 25 counts of child pornography charges after he was allegedly caught driving from a motel with a 12-year old girl early Sunday morning.
Authorities say 25-year-old Daniel McGarity and his underage passenger came in contact with police around 4:30 a.m. Sunday as they were driving down N.E. 23rd St.
Officials say the officer was very suspicious of the pair’s relationship.
Chief Virgil Green, with the Spencer Police Department, says the girl’s mother arrived at the traffic stop and was shocked.
She said the girl was supposed to be staying at a friend’s house in Choctaw.
The girl told officers she was 18 before saying that she was 14-years-old.
However, her mother told officers her real age.
“The officer says, ‘Hey, we have your 14-year-old daughter here.’ The mother says, ‘Oh no, she’s only 12,” says Green. “The mother had no idea that the daughter was even out with somebody of this age at 4:30 in the morning.”
Chief Green says the two were leaving the Colonial Motel with the intentions of having sex.
Later that day, the girl’s mother found images on her daughter’s phone that further explained her relationship with McGarity.
“The mother was pretty shook up about what she found on her daughter’s cellphone,” says Green. “To where she didn’t even want to see the images that were on the cellphone.”
Chief Green says the girl was not with McGarity against her will and wasn’t forced to send him obscene photos, but says McGarity should’ve known better.
“When you look at her, you can definitely tell that she’s not 18,” says Green. “He definitely took advantage of a young child.”
The girl’s mother explained to police McGarity and her daughter are neighbors.
Chief Green says it’s disturbing to see a man of that age take advantage of a trusting relationship with a young girl.
“They did know of each other through their families knowing each other and living in the same neighborhood,” says Green. “He’s been knowing her since she was 10-years-old.”
Chief Green says McGarity could also be facing rape charges.
The 12-year old-told her mother the two had sexual contact in December as well.