Claremore man sentenced for making child pornography

Claremore man sentenced for making child pornography

TULSA, OK (KSWO) –A Claremore man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for making and sending child pornography with a 17-month-old girl.

Kenneth O'Neal Batten, 37, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child. After the prison sentence is served, Batten will be put on supervised release for the rest of his life.

"Today's prison sentence is a result of the defendant's unspeakable and heinous acts," said U.S. Attorney Danny Williams. "The Northern District of Oklahoma is committed to protecting a child's opportunity and right to have a childhood that is free from sexual abuse, trauma, and exploitation."

According to court documents, Batten admitted to producing sexually explicit videos involving a 17-month-old girl. Batten said he shipped the video via cell phone. Additionally, Batten admitted to having more than 1,100 images and 211 videos depicting child pornography.

Batten was charged with the crime on Sept. 8, 2015 and he pleaded guilty Jan. 12, 2016.

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide initiative to fight back against child sexual exploitation. You can learn more about the initiative here.

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