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February 20, 2014

Enid man arraigned on porn charges

ENID, Okla. — A 28-year-old Enid man was arraigned Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Michael John Priester appeared Thursday before Special District Judge Brian Lovell via video from Garfield County Detention Facility.

Priester appeared without an attorney and entered a plea of not guilty to felony counts of possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and use of a computer to commit a felony.

Lovell set Priester’s bond at $150,000 and ordered him to return to court March 31 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, on Jan. 15 Enid Police Department Sgt. Dustin Albright was investigating the sharing of child pornography on a peer-to-peer network when he found a computer sharing at least three files of investigative interest.

Albright was able to download two files from the computer. Both files contained images of prepubescent girls undressed and exposing themselves or involved in sexual acts.

Albright was able to use the computer’s IP address to identify the user’s Internet service provider. On Jan. 16, Albright obtained a search warrant for the IP address and it was served to the service provider.

On Jan. 29, Albright received information from the service provider identifying Priester as the account holder and providing an address in Enid of 1902 N. Independence, according to the affidavit.

On Feb. 13, Albright and other officers from the police department served a search warrant at 1902 N. Independence.

Priester arrived at the residence as police served the search warrant and spoke with Albright.

Priester told Albright which bedroom in the residence belonged to him and that he only had a desktop computer, according to the affidavit.

Priester said he had Internet service through Suddenlink and  it was in his name. He said he used bit torrent and peer-to-peer networks to download files, according to the affidavit. Priester then invoked his right to counsel.

Lt. Adam Flowers, of the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office and an Internet Crimes Against Children task force agent, came to Enid Police Department to forensically examine Priester’s computer.

Flowers examined Priester’s computer and located about 245 video files that had file names indicative of child pornography, according to the affidavit. The files were located in the “share” folder of a peer-to-peer networking program.

One of the files Albright had downloaded at the beginning of his investigation also was found, meaning Priester shared the file, according to the affidavit.

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