Yukon man caught with child porn on laptop

Faces 20 years in prison, $25K fine on felony charge

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Paul Bradley Hobbs

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Yukon man faces 20 years in prison after a copious quantity of child pornography was found on his laptop.

Paul Bradley Hobbs, 44, was charged Aug. 10 in Canadian County District Court with possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors allege the defendant violated state law “by knowingly possessing numerous images of child pornography contained on a Gateway laptop computer.”

The case against Hobbs was investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators on Aug. 5 served a search warrant at the defendant’s home on Carlsbad Court.

The laptop computer was found inside a climate-controlled office in the garage, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Canadian County sheriff’s investigator Adam Flowers.

Maj. Flowers examined the computer’s hard drive at the forensic lab.

“I was able to obtain over 20 images of apparent child pornography,” according to his court affidavit. “These images contained female children between the ages of 5 to 16 fully nude. Some images contained Paul’s (private part) superimposed in the photograph to appear he is having sex with female children.

“From my previous investigations, I have recognized some of the photographs of child pornography as they are commonly traded images.”

IT’S A ‘CYBERTIP’

A Canadian County sheriff’s deputy was assigned the case after a “cybertip” to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

Members of the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office serve on the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

Hobbs was booked Aug. 12 into the Canadian County Jail on the felony child pornography charge.

Canadian County Special Judge Khristan Strubhar set bond at $25,000.

If convicted, Hobbs faces up to 20 years in state prison and/or a maximum $25,000 fine.

Under state law, he is not eligible for a deferred sentence.

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