By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon-area felon is headed to state prison after being convicted of possession of obscene material.
James Wade Dixon, 36, was sentenced to three years in Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ custody with 12 years suspended after pleading no contest at a June 16 hearing in Canadian County District Court.
The charge had been amended from distribution of child pornography, which Canadian County prosecutors originally alleged in court documents filed Feb. 24, 2021.
The case against Dixon had been investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.
District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II accepted Dixon’s no contest plea to the amended charge at the recent court hearing. The defendant appeared in person with his attorney, Allison Roberts.
Dixon will be supervised by DOC officials after his release from prison while on probation, according to court minutes.
As part of his probationary requirements, Dixon was ordered to follow special supervision conditions for sex offenders and pay fines, court-related costs and jail fees.
Dixon, whose listed address is in the 12000 block of S.W. 12th Street, was first booked Feb. 21, 2021, into the Canadian County Jail after the sheriff’s online child pornography investigation.
Prosecutors had alleged Dixon downloaded eight video/image files showing an underage girl modeling nude and being raped by an adult male, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by an undercover sheriff’s deputy.
‘CAUGHT A VIRUS’
The deputy tracked the IP address to a home on Steeple Run Drive in Mustang, the court document shows.
Dixon told sheriff’s investigators his computer “caught a virus” so he “wiped everything and started over” as he tried to explain away the illegal material, according to the affidavit.
While speaking with a Canadian County sheriff’s captain, Dixon allegedly tried to break his personal cellular device with his hands. Another deputy reportedly had to restrain Dixon and recovered the device under his bed.
“James then moved forward and began banging his head on his dresser and busted his forehead open causing him to bleed,” the investigator’s affidavit reads.
Dixon previously served time in state prison after being convicted in October 2014 on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Cleveland County District Court. He received a deferred sentence to a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance in Custer County District Court.
As a convicted felon, Dixon could have been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison on the Canadian County child porn distribution charge before the case was amended.