Guthrie man charged with aggravated possession of child pornography

A man remains behind bars at the Logan County Detention Center for allegedly having nearly 1,000 sexual images of children.

The investigation began with the Stillwater Police Department (SPD) who later requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) due to the suspect living outside the Stillwater city limits.

A Stillwater detective with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) received information about an email account uploading child sexual abuse material to Google Chat.

The suspect behind the account has been identified as 27-year-old Wyatt James Bartels.

Detectives received additional cyber tips from Snapchat and Discord.

One image described in court papers was depicted as a “prepubescent female.”

The report showed at least one child located in Russia.

Additional cyber tips came in with at least 468 files of child sexual abuse material, according to the OSBI.

In the affidavit, a chat between the suspect, Bartels, and another account was shared, but those are too graphic in nature to share. Part of the message allegedly by Bartels said, “Can u snd (sic) a video with that kids face.”

Other messages said, “What is your name and how old are you?” Another message said, “Ya I have 2 daughters. And I’m a professional bull riders (sic), and welder/carpenter.”

Google provided content with Bartel’s alleged email account that contained 897 media files depicting sexually abusive material.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office was requested for additional information and shared they had received a cyber tip from Snapchat. The account appeared linked to Bartels and showed two suspected child sexual abuse materials.

On October 11 a search warrant was executed at a Guthrie residence. Bartels was interviewed and later arrested. The report says Bartels admitted to two separate email accounts but denied having a phone.

Other witnesses who were interviewed staying at the residence said Bartels did not have cellular service but used WIFI and hotspots to connect to the internet.

The OSBI agent says they believe Bartels viewed child sexual exploitation material, had over 800 files of child sexual abuse material in one Google account, and used a computer device and the internet to commit these crimes.

Bartels was charged with aggravated possession of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. He was handed down a $250,000 bond.

He’s scheduled for his next court appearance on October 26.


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