After reportedly being discovered in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with child pornography, an assistant district attorney was detained.
First assistant district attorney for Logan and Payne counties Kevin Etherington, 53, was detained this week on charges of aggravated possession of child pornography and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in September, which led to the execution of a search warrant at Etherington’s residence on Monday.
After then, Etherington was taken into custody and sent to the Payne County Jail.
“I cannot express how dismayed and disappointed I am about this development. I personally find the manufacture, distribution and possession of child pornography to be both disgusting and incredibly damaging to individual victims and society,” District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said in a statement.
DA Laura Thomas reported that Etherington’s employment had been terminated.
Despite the fact that the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty, Thomas said, “My review of the investigation has resulted in this person’s dismissal from employment by my office,” the District Attorney added.