McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


March 12, 2014

Man in federal video case faces district court action

McALESTER — A McAlester man who has pleaded guilt to three federal counts of video voyeurism faces further court action on state charges later this month following the recusal of a judge in the case.

Kenneth Wade Elkins, 55, faces a preliminary hearing conference on the state charges on March 21 at the Pittsburg County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing conference is normally held for the purpose of setting a date for a preliminary hearing.

Pittsburg County Special Judge Tim Mills officially withdrew from the case on Feb. 27. District Judge Thomas Bartheld appointed Special Judge Jennifer McBee to begin handling the case on Feb. 28.

Asked about the reason for his recusal, Mills said he could not comment because the case involves a juvenile

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

Elkins had pleaded guilty in late February to three federal misdemeanor counts of video voyeurism. He had been charged with the federal counts in connection with a video set-up in a ladies restroom at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

He had pleaded guilty to the federal counts before U.S. Magistrate Steven P. Shreder at the Eastern District of Oklahoma U.S. Courthouse in Muskogee. Shreder accepted the pleas and ordered completion of a pre-sentence investigation, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

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

Charges were filed in the case following an investigation which included McAAP security, the FBI and the McAlester Police Department.

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

The McAlester News-Capital first reported last year that a federal investigation was under way at McAAP. As a result of the investigation, Elkins faces the federal counts as well as the state charges in district court.

Elkins is a former U.S. Navy civilian employee at McAAP. At the base, he worked as 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.

Federal authorities became involved when McAAP Criminal Investigator Andy Star notified FBI Special Agent Harry Murphy on Aug. 14, 2013, that a female employee at McAAP had noticed a suspicious image on a television in her supervisor’s office, according to allegations in court documents.

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

State charges were filed following the execution of a search warrant at Elkins’ McAlester residence.

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

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

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