Tulsa physician pleads guilty to producing child pornography

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SPRINGFIELD, MO. — A medical doctor and partner of Tulsa Women’s Health Center pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child in federal court on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Shelby Coleman, 38, has been in federal custody since his arrest in September 2013.

He pleaded guilty today, admitting that he communicated with a 16-year-old minor in Laclede County, Missouri.

During that communication, Coleman requested the child send sexually explicit images of himself; the child complied.

Once the boy’s father discovered the messages, he contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

On Sept. 28, 2013, Coleman traveled to Springfield, Missouri for a sexual liaison with the 16-year-old. That’s when he was apprehended by investigators.

Under federal statutes, Coleman is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.

A presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office. Once that is completed, a sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Joplin, Missouri Police Department, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.