Man arrested after allegedly admitting to sexually abusing up to 25 children at church

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Robert Dean Painter

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man has been arrested after allegedly claiming to have sexually abused up to 25 children at church.

Deputies with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Robert Dean Painter after he allegedly admitted to sexually abusing up to 25 children at church and collecting child pornography.

The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children got a hold of the emails and forwarded the information to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The sheriff’s office was contacted and they immediately took him into custody.

While searching his apartment, authorities say they found an external hard drive that contained child pornography.

Painter was originally arrested for possession of child pornography and a violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

He was able to make bond, but didn’t remain free for very long.

After investigators allegedly found more than 100 images of child pornography and documents describing detailed sexual encounters with numerous children, he was arrested on an additional charge of aggravated possession of child pornography.

Painter has not cooperated with authorities, but that isn’t stopping deputies from searching for the alleged victims.

“My investigators have already made contact with several individuals who have agreed to assist in locating the kids Painter claimed to sexually abuse on his computer,” said Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards.

If you have any information on the case, contact the sheriff’s office.

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