A Tulsa man who is accused of using free WiFi spots in the city to obtain and share child pornography was charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors.
Kenneth R. Morain, 62, is accused of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography in charges that sprung from an investigation by an FBI Innocent Images task force. An affidavit alleges that a total of more than 4,000 images and video files of child pornography were discovered on a computer and two thumb drives seized from a parked vehicle that Morain was in on Dec. 2 in the 3200 block of East 15th Street.
Court documents also indicate that Morain has admitted to law enforcement authorities that on multiple occasions he has touched the “bottoms” of three underage female relatives through their clothes.
Morain also stated in a hand-written document dated Jan. 14 and provided to the court during a hearing Tuesday that “there have been about 10 occasions where I have seen a young girl in public and purposefully brushed against them.”
The complaint filed Tuesday does not charge Morain with any crimes related to the alleged physical contact with minors.
Instead, it deals with Morain’s purported use of WiFi Internet access locations to collect and share child pornography. FBI agents and police officers have downloaded child pornography from Morain more than 30 times since July, according to the affidavit.
“Morain said he likes to share his child pornography files so that others can enjoy what he has,” according to the affidavit.
The document also says Morain “admitted to being involved in child pornography for about ten years.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Gallant asked that Morain be kept in custody while the charges are pending, but U.S. Magistrate Lane Wilson decided to set bond conditions.