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Ardmore man accused of allegedly distributing child porn

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
Clayton Knudsen

An Ardmore man was apprehended Wednesday morning after Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly traced child porn downloads to his location.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said officers received information early last week concerning an individual who was allegedly downloading child porn.

After further investigation, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence located off of Melody Lane, where 50-year-old Clayton Dennis Knudsen was a resident and where officers believe the files were being distributed from. “That’s how we were able to lock in on his information,” Bryant said.

With the help of the Ardmore Police Department and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the investigation team at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office served the search warrant, taking Knudsen into custody Wednesday.

In addition to collecting evidence, Bryant said Knudsen allegedly admitted to having child porn and obtaining the files. Deputies will be further investigating the content of the files collected as evidence in the near future.

“We will be going through his computer and seeing what all kinds of information he has on it, but we will have a number of files here in the near future,” Bryant said.

Knudsen is currently being held at the Carter County Jail for the charges of making or distributing types of obscene material or child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Bryant said Knudsen has not been to court yet, but is scheduled to be in court Friday. “He was having a little bit of a medical issue today, so we took him to the hospital and he just got back so he has not been to court yet.”

Bryant attributed law enforcement’s swift response to their ability to quickly wrap up the case, adding that the public should reach out to the department if they notice anything unusual or concerning.

“This was very fast moving once we obtained the information and we were able to locate an address,” Bryant said. “We moved very quickly and swiftly to try to get him and get him off the streets.”