Prosecutors have charged a Tahlequah man with procuring obscene material after photos of naked children were found on his cell phone.
Tahlequah police Detective Thomas Donnell, in his probable-cause affidavit, says Samuel Nolan Doty, 42, admitted in writing he downloaded the photos to his phone. The investigation began in April after a local man turned a cell phone into police. He told them he found the phone in a ditch near Cedar Avenue, and that when he turned the phone on, he discovered several photographs of what appeared to be underage girls.
Police collected the phone as evidence, and say in court documents the photos depicted nude girls engaged in sexual acts with adults. Donnell said he recognized some of the photos from past cases that have gone to court.
Investigators say the phone’s settings, including phone numbers, contacts, and an email address, led them to Doty.
Procuring obscene material is a felony punishable by not more than five years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.
A judge on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Doty and set a $45,000 bond.
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