A 21-year-old airman at Vance Air Force Base has been arrested on child pornography charges.

A joint investigation conducted by Enid Police Department, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Federal Bureau of Investigation culminated Nov. 25 in the arrest of Senior Airman Garren S. Mallette, who is stationed at the base. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

The arrest was the result of a six-week undercover online investigation conducted by the EPD Internet Crimes Against Children unit, according to Enid police.

EPD Lt. Bryan Skaggs, who heads the ICAC Unit, identified an Internet protocol address that belonged to Mallette and contained known child pornography, according to police.

Authority to search Mallette’s dorm room was granted based on the open Enid Police ICAC case, and on Nov. 19 officers from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations conducted the search, locating several videos of preteen boys engaged in various sex acts, according to police.

Mallette was not at the dorm because he had gone on leave out of state.

Mallette was stopped about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25 returning from leave at the Vance main gate, according to police. Detectives from EPD, FBI and OSI detained him while a warrant to search his vehicle was obtained and granted.

In addition to the pornography located in Mallette’s dorm room, officers searching his vehicle found “scrapbook pages” containing numerous photographs of child pornography, according to an EPD release.

Also seized was computer equipment Mallette indicated contained several hundred images of child pornography, according to the release. Mallette was arrested without incident and booked into Garfield County Detention Facility.

“This joint investigation, which includes the Enid Police Department, United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is ongoing as officers continue to catalog the evidence as well as conduct forensics on the computer equipment and media storage,” said EPD Capt. Dean Grassino. “Additional charges are possible upon the completion of the forensic examination.”

According to the Vance public affairs office, Mallette is a health services technician assigned to the 71st Medical Support Squadron.

“Airman Mallette’s unit has made several welfare visits to the Garfield County Detention Facility and the Vance staff judge advocate has been in contact with the assistant district attorney assigned to the case,” said 2nd Lt. Agneta E. Murnan, chief of 71st Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, in a statement.

“This cooperation reflects the great relationship between area law enforcement agencies and the base,” the statement said.

As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, no charges had been filed against Mallette in Garfield County District Court. Mallette could face state or federal charges and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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