A Durant man who was scheduled for a trial by judge on a charge of possession of child pornography has pleaded no contest.
Shannon Lynn Hutcherson, 23, who was charged in May 2013 with aggravated possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, entered a blind plea. That means no plea bargain was offered and the court will determine the sentence.
The distribution of child pornography charge was dropped due to the plea.
Hutcherson was arrested and charged during an investigation by Durant and Guthrie police departments.
He is accused of possessing more than 100 separate materials depicting child pornography, court papers state, and possessing shared files from the Internet that show minors in sexual and lewd acts.
Durant Police Detective Michael Shufeldt began investigating when Lt. Mark Bruning, an investigator with the Guthrie Police Department, contacted him. Bruning is a member of the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Bruning told Shufeldt that he was conducting an undercover operation of sharing child pornography on the Internet and he determined that files depicting child pornography had been downloaded and shared from an Internet Protocol (IP) address in Durant, according to an affidavit.
Based upon that information, Shufeldt obtained a search warrant May 2 for a Durant home where police seized five computers, three of which were in Hutcherson’s bedroom, the affidavit states.
Hutcherson was interviewed and, according to the affidavit, he said he was in a file-sharing network, and out of approximately 500 files in his shared folder, five to 10 percent showed adult pornography and the remainder showed adults engaged in sexual acts with children ranging in age from 1-17. Of those files, 90 percent showed a male child, the affidavit states.
Hutcherson told police that, although he attempted to “unshare” his files, other users probably downloaded them from his shared folder, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, Hutcherson admitted he had been downloading child pornography since he was 14 years old.
He is scheduled to be sentenced May 28 and the court ordered a pre-sentencing investigation on him. Hutcherson had been free on bond but was jailed after the plea hearing.
In other crime news, Alan Wayne Hamilton, 29, James Kyle Hamilton, 25, and Angel Figuero-Alcantara, 33, have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The Hamiltons, who are brothers, were arrested Monday after Calera Police searched a home in the 100 block of West Smiser Street.
According to an affidavit, officers found a lock box that contained approximately 64 grams of a crystal substance. Results of a field test to determine whether the substances was methamphetamine were inconclusive, but officers found two more baggies that did test positive for meth.
The Hamiltons were not in the home at the time of the search, but they were stopped near the house and taken into custody.
Figuero-Alcantara was arrested after Patrolman Justin Blackshear responded to a theft call at the Choctaw Casino. According to an affidavit, a police dispatcher said a man later identified as Figuero-Alcantara was caught urinating on the floor near the Diamond Back Lounge.
The affidavit states he was arrested for public intoxication, and while being booked into jail, a baggie containing a white, powdery substance was found inside his wallet.