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February 26, 2014

Man pleads in McAAP video voyeur case

McALESTER — A McAlester man has pleaded guilty to three federal counts of video voyeurism, but still faced state charges as of Wednesday, according to court documents.

Kenneth Wade Elkins, 55, pleaded guilty to the federal misdemeanor counts in Muskogee at the U.S. courthouse for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, according to U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office.

Elkins had been charged in connection with a video set-up at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

Meanwhile, Elkins is also charged in Pittsburg County District Court with two felony counts of record/transmit an obscenity and two misdemeanor  counts of using electronic equipment in a clandestine manner.

He faced a preliminary hearing conference, where a preliminary hearing is set, on the state district court charges today, court records state.

“We don’t have any plea negotiation agreements,” District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward said Wednesday afternoon.

“I expect it will be set for a preliminary hearing.”

The federal information alleged that between July 1 and Aug. 14, 2013, Elkins “Knowingly and intentionally captured images of the private areas of females without their consent and while they were in an area in which they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, a restroom.”

Elkins pleaded guilty Tuesday to the federal counts before Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder, who accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a pre-sentence investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

A sentencing date on the federal counts is to be set following completion of the pre-sentence investigation, with Elkins remaining free on  bond.

Charges filed in the case followed an investigation which included McAAP Security, the FBI and the McAlester Police Department.

Elkins is a former U.S. Navy civilian employee at McAAP, where he worked ass the division director of the McAlester detachment of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Divisions, according to an Indian Head spokesperson.

The case began when McAAP  Criminal Investigator Andy Starry notified FBI Special Agent Harry Murphy on  Aug. 14, 2013, that a female employee at the facility had noticed a suspicious image on a television in her supervisor’s office.

Investigators discovered a video set-up linked to a smoke detector and coaxial cables which ran through the bathroom ceiling and into a television set in Elkins’ office, according to allegations in court documents.

The federal information alleged that between July 1 and Aug. 14, 2013, Elkins “knowingly and intentionally captured images of the private areas of females without their consent and while they were in an area in which they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, a restroom.”

A search warrant conducted at Elkins’ McAlester residence resulted in the filing of the state charges.

The state charges allege that between July 12 and Aug. 9, 2013, Elkins allegedly captured and downloaded on a computer images of pornography and also allegedly used electronic surveillance equipment in a residence in McAlester to capture a private area of persons in the residence, according to a statement from prosecutors.

Elkins remains free on $50,000 bond on the state charges.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.



 

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