OK Man Arrested In Undercover Sting For Child Sexual Exploitation
CANADIAN COUNTY, Oklahoma - A man was arrested, late Wednesday night, for solicitation of a minor in what was an undercover sting operation regarding the sexual exploitation of minor children online, conducted by the Canadian County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation began when the undercover ad, featuring a Caucasian female appearing to be in her teenage years, was answered by the suspect, Daniel Cox. According to investigators, Cox sent an email to investigators stating "I need to meet some girls out there I am 27 I have if you want a pic let me know."
Investigators responded to the email with "kewl, I am 15 but mature for my age. Like to see your pic." Investigators then received an emailed image of Cox, fully clothed.
The email correspondence between Cox and investigators began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and continued for about 10 minutes, where they resumed via cellular telephones.
According to the investigation, Cox then sent a text message to an investigator portraying a 15-year-old female, asking for a nude photograph. Cox then sent a message stating that he liked to give "oral" and continued to message the investigator in a highly descriptive manner.
Cox then messaged that he would like to meet the girl. Investigators responded, suggesting the two should meet at the library at 500 W. Main St. in Yukon, Okla. Cox responded saying he could not meet up until 10 p.m. because he was watching the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game.
Cox messaged the supposed 15 year old to send a photograph of herself posing with a peace sign, to prove that he wasn't being set up. Investigators quickly found a Google image of a teenage girl making the sign, and blurred the face so the female could not be recognized. Cox replied saying he was happy with the image and still wanted to meet.
Investigators say Cox then started texting very graphic questions about the supposed female's private parts. He also messaged that he wasn't interested in a "one-nighter" and wanted to have a continuous relationship. Cox then asked for more nude photographs from investigators, made inquiries about her bra and panty size, and then said he was waiting at the library.
At around 9:45 p.m., Lt. Adam Flowers, who conducted the investigation, along with Canadian County Sheriff Randal Edwards, Sgt. Doug Gerten and Deputy Shawna Cornish pulled behind a four-door Nissan vehicle driven by Cox.
Cox was placed under arrest and transported to the Canadian County Jail. His phone was taken into evidence and his vehicle was impounded. While taking an inventory of the vehicle, investigators found a loaded Kimber .45 handgun in the car's center console.
Cox is facing charges of facilitating, encouraging, offering or soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology and use of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit a felony. Details of a possible bond were not immediately available.