McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 13, 2012

McAlester man accused of soliciting minors; child porn

By Rachel Petersen
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A McAlester man has been accused of soliciting sex from a minor and dealing in child pornography.

Brandin Kyle Cathey, 30, was charged Tuesday in Pittsburg County District Court with multiple felony counts:

• Preparing, distributing and exhibiting obscene material;

• Pornography — procuring, producing, distributing and possessing juvenile pornography, and

• Soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.

According to court records, Cathey recently came in contact with a woman he went to school with in the past. Cathey and the woman began sending text messages back and forth and “Cathey begin texting her about meeting for sex,” a police affidavit states.

Cathey allegedly asked the woman to “find a girl for (him) to have sex with ... (and) that he didn’t care what the age was of the girls. (Cathey) texted that he would be willing to go as young as eight years of age. (Cathey) texted that he would pay more for younger girls,” the affidavit alleges.

The woman went to the police, according to the affidavit, and told them about Cathey’s alleged text messages and said his requests for “sex with young girls were on a daily basis.”

In one text message, Cathey allegedly said he had already “had sex with several young girls that were daughters of a friend of his,” the affidavit states.

The woman allowed police to retrieve data from her cell phone and on Nov. 29 police told her to go along with Cathey’s text messages, the affidavit states. Police told her that should Cathey text her inquiring about finding a young girl for sex, she should tell him that she has a friend with a 13-year-old daughter who is interested in his offer, the affidavit states.

The woman gave Cathey a cell phone number to contact, the affidavit states. McAlester Det. Capt. Gary Wansick had obtained the cell phone from the city of McAlester.

Within five to 10 minutes of the woman giving Cathey the number, police received a text message from him, the affidavit alleges.

“The conversation began as small talk but eventually turned to (the) topic of sex,” the affidavit states of the text conversation between police and Cathey. He allegedly negotiated a deal to have sex with this young girl, the affidavit states.

Cathey allegedly agreed to pay $1,000 to have sex with the young girl, the affidavit states, and offered to pay $400 more if he could have sex with her without the use of a condom.

After the deal was negotiated, the affidavit indicates Cathey then allegedly requested pictures of the young girl. Police contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and obtained a picture of a young female who  the OSBI had used in a previous investigation, the affidavit states.

Cathey allegedly said he was pleased with the picture but wanted one of her without her clothes on, the affidavit states.

On Dec. 3, Cathey allegedly sent a text to the police cell phone stating “that others usually send pictures to make a deal,” the affidavit states. Cathey “texted that he would send some of the pictures that he had gotten and done if it would make you feel better,” the affidavit states. The police then texted Cathey back requesting that he send the photos and Cathey sent pictures to the cell phone, the affidavit states.

“One of the pictures show a young, pre-teen female from the waist up without any clothing,” the affidavit states.

The other pictures Cathey allegedly sent include pictures of sex acts, some of which included very young girls, the affidavit states.

If convicted, Cathey faces up to 10 years imprisonment on the first felony count, up to 20 years on the second count and up to 10 years on the third count. He is currently in custody at the Pittsburg County jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond and was unavailable for comment at presstime.

Cathey has entered a request for a court-appointed attorney, according to court records, but an attorney had not yet been assigned to him at presstime.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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