WARNING: This article contains disturbing descriptions of sexual abuse against children.

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Federal authorities arrested a now-former employee of an Oklahoma City children’s theatre on suspicion of possessing and sharing child pornography.

Nathan Benfall was arrested by the FBI Tuesday and charged in U.S. District Court on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

The complaint was filed against Benfall in the Western District of Oklahoma on Tuesday.

It comes after a five-month long online investigation into adults possessing and distributing child pornography.

The investigation began on April 1 and on that same day, an Oklahoma City IP address containing 5,971 files popped up.

The IP address was eventually traced back to Benfall’s home in NW Oklahoma City.

Of the thousands of files located, FBI agents downloaded six.

The file names are too graphic to share, but in the descriptions of the videos, the document states young boys and girls were exposed from the chest down.

In the file videos, the reporting FBI agent, Marisol Flores said children were either performing sexual acts on each other or a man was performing the act on a child.

The longest video mentioned in the report was two minutes and 27 seconds.

The FBI claims more child pornography files were found during a search and seizure warrant on Benfall’s home on Sept. 6.

Agents detained Benfall in a law enforcement vehicle. Security footage showed Benfall pull out a “previously undetected” cell phone and delete at least one application from it.

An agent looked through the phone’s contents and found sexually explicit videos of adolescent males, according to the complaint.

In addition to locating and downloading these files, the FBI also installed a pole surveillance camera across the street from Benfall’s home.

During this surveillance, the FBI discovered two teenage boys were living with Benfall.

It’s unknown who the two boys are, but the FBI noted in their investigation Benfall was a foster parent through Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services in 2018

ODHS confirmed with KFOR Benfall was a previous foster parent through a non-profit organization they partner with called TFI Family Connections in Oklahoma.

The Director of Marketing for TFI Family Connections, Tiffany Forrest, said in a statement, “Mr. Benfall is not currently a foster parent with TFI Family Connections and has no current affiliation with our agency.”

Benfall was an employee of the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre at the time of his arrest. He has since been fired from the theatre, according to Lyn Adams, Executive Director of Oklahoma Children’s Theatre.

Adams sent KFOR the following statement on Benfall’s arrest:

“Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s mission to provide live theatre and educational experiences for young audiences makes the news about the arrest of our former employee Nathan Benfall especially devastating. We were made aware yesterday that he was taken into custody; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre responded immediately by firing this person. The children we serve and our community is our number one priority.”

Lyn Adams

FBI agents tried to interview Benfall during the search and seizure Tuesday, but he declined to speak.

News 4 has reached out to his court-appointed attorney, Cody Gilbert, but he declined to comment.

Benfall was booked at the Logan County Jail on Tuesday, but he was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond on Wednesday.

News 4 stopped by his house, but after knocking a few times, no one answered.

According to an OSCN search for Benfall, he doesn’t have a criminal record.