A felony warrant for arrest has been issued for an Ardmore man for the alleged offense of distribution of obscene material or child pornography.
According to Carter County court documents filed Oct. 7 and signed by Assistant District Attorney Aaron Taber, Bruce Geoffrey Higgins, 63, is accused of distributing child pornography on three separate accounts, as well as knowingly possessing juvenile pornography and violating Oklahoma Statute via computer.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department became aware of the situation on July 3, 2019 after an Oklahoma City Police Department Detective reached out concerning child pornography downloads originating from an IP Address in Ardmore, sheriff’s department investigator Eric Yarbrough wrote in a probable cause affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the files obtained as evidence met the definition of child pornography as defined in Oklahoma State Statute Title 21-1024.1. On July 22, Yarbrough said he obtained a search warrant and on July 23, executed a search on Higgins’ residence, located off 4th Ave NW.
All computers and data storage devices were seized during the search and on July 30, Yarbrough reportedly interviewed Higgins concerning the evidence.
“Higgins stated he has only been looking at child pornography for approximately two weeks,” Yarbrough wrote in the affidavit. Higgins also allegedly admitted to downloading child pornography portraying children under the age of 10 daily.
Approximately six videos were allegedly located in a folder on Higgins’ computer, the affidavit stated. Higgins is potentially facing imprisonment up to 55 years or a fine of up to $60,000, or both. Higgins’ bail is set at $5,000.