A 35-year-old Ardmore man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court Monday.

Sheldon J. Sperling, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, said Daniel Scott Ward entered the guilty plea to possession of one or more matters containing a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Wards entered the plea in front of Judge Steven P. Shreder.


A 35-year-old Ardmore man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court Monday.
Sheldon J. Sperling, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, said Daniel Scott Ward entered the guilty plea to possession of one or more matters containing a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Wards entered the plea in front of Judge Steven P. Shreder.

The judge accepted the plea and ordered a presentence investigation. Sperling said a sentencing date will be scheduled following the completion of the report.

Ward was charged based on an FBI investigation that led to a search warrant executed at his Ardmore residence in June 2008.

“Agents seized Ward’s computer as well as numerous CDs and DVDs. The computer, CDs and DVDs contained images and video files of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” Sperling said.

Based on the evidence uncovered during the investigation, Ward was indicted in November.

He faces up to 10 years in a federal prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines. Sperling said a “preliminary calculation” of federal sentencing guidelines indicates Ward could serve eight to 10 years.

Following his appearance in court Monday, he was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to await sentencing.