Warrant issued after ‘no-show’ in juvenile porn case

Canadian County judge sets $100K bond for defendant after he failed to appear in court

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Austin Jae Brown

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Norman man after he failed to appear at a court hearing in a Canadian County pornography case.

Austin Jae Brown, 23, was due to appear from a preliminary hearing conference Dec. 1 after being charged July 12 with procure/produce/distribute/possess juvenile pornography.

But he was a no-show, according to court records.

So, Canadian County Special Judge Khristan Strubhar issued a bench warrant and set bond at $100,000.

Brown was originally arrested Aug. 24 and booked into the Canadian County Jail after an investigation by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, court documents indicate. He was released from custody after posting a $50,000 bond.

Canadian County prosecutors charged Brown for allegedly demanding lewd images from a Mustang teenager. The alleged female victim was 13 when the crime was reported.

Stillwell attorney Rex Earl Starr on Dec. 16 filed an entry of appearance to represent the defendant in Canadian County District Court.

As his first act, Starr filed the defense’s motion for discovery that requests a Canadian County judge to order prosecutors to “disclose and produce all evidence” related to this case. The motion lists 37 specific items.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin alleges Brown violated state law in October 2020 “by demanding and receiving digital images” of the underage girl for “the purpose of the sexual stimulation of the defendant.”

The juvenile and her mother came to the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office to “make a report of an online predator,” according to a probable cause affidavit signed by a sheriff’s investigator.

If convicted, Brown faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a maximum $25,000 fine. He is not eligible for a deferred sentence.

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The defendant in early October 2020 contacted the underage victim via the Snapchat and Instagram social media platforms, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The conversation later reportedly moved to text and Facetime.

Brown initially told the Mustang student he was 16 years old but later advised he was a college student in Alabama, the affidavit indicates.

After the girl sent two nude images through Snapchat, the defendant “stated they weren’t ‘good enough’ and asked to see her nude on Facetime,” according to the affidavit.

“Brown stated he would blackmail her with the nudes if she didn’t participate. The only way to not have her images shared online was to send him a video of her (private parts).”

It was then the Mustang student informed her mother what happened.

During the investigation, the girl reported “she had also communicated with a friend of Brown’s by social media and text who attempted to convince her to participate in a Facetime chat or send the video of her (private parts) in order to have the nudes that were already in possession of erased.”

After reviewing the alleged victim’s personal cellular device and screenshot images, the sheriff’s investigator positively identified Brown.

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office learned defendant Brown is the subject of several open investigations in Alabama on charges of sexual extortion, harassing communication and sexual assault.

An investigator with the University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa Police “advised Brown used the same tactics” with the Alabama victims and “had been using multiple Internet numbers” while “posing as a ‘friend’,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

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