Police say man used public Wi-Fi to distribute child pornography

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/22 6:46 pm Published: 1/22 4:25 pm

Police arrested a Tulsa man for the second time in two weeks for crimes against children.

Kenneth Morain is accused of sharing child porn using public Wi-Fi at Merritt’s Bakery and other businesses.

According to court documents he would use his laptop and download and share videos of pre-pubescent girls engaging in sex acts.

According to court documents FBI and TPD investigators were able to track child porn distribution to Merritt’s IP address.

“We were horrified of course when the police department brought this to our attention,” said Christian Merritt, owner of the bakery.

On multiple occasions, detectives said they sat outside Merritt’s and saw Morain sitting in his car in parking lots of neighboring businesses, this was while programs in use at their office downloaded child pornography from his computer.

Merritt’s provides free Wi-Fi to customers, but Merritt said he and his family never dreamed somebody would abuse that access in such an offensive way.

“It’s awful. It’s ridiculous, and it’s a little bit crazy. In fact, to us, part of our difficulty with the whole thing is that’s not something we would ever think about to protect against necessarily,” said Merritt.

According to court records, after building a case for two months detectives got a warrant to search Morain’s car and computer in early December.

Once again, they found him outside Merritt’s.

Between his laptop and several thumb drives police said they found more than 4,000 child pornography videos and pictures.

Police said he told detectives he shared these files, “So others can enjoy what he has.”

Morain now faces federal charges for possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography, but a judge denied the US attorney’s motion to detain him

“So abhorrent, it’s very difficult to even understand how in the world these things can happen,” said Merritt.

Tulsa police arrested Morain again Wednesday at his job at American Airlines for sexual abuse of a minor under age 12.

Charlette Simon lives across the street from Morain and heads up the neighborhood watch.

She said Morain’s child pornography problem infuriates her, but the fact he’s accused of touching young girls in a sexual way makes her terrified that those she looks out for could have been victims.

“I’m very angry, because I have a grandbaby, two grandbabies, that’s here and children play up and down this street all the time,” she said.

The US attorney’s office gave FOX23 a copy of a handwritten note in which Morain admitted to touching young girls in a sexual way over their clothes on multiple occasions.

He went on to admit he would pleasure himself later while thinking about it, even though he claimed he would feel disgusted with himself after doing so.

On Wednesday, the district attorney’s office filed three charges of sexual abuse against a minor under the age of 12 for three of the incidents he admitted to.

Now Simon plans to warn her neighbors about Morain.

“I’d be willing to do that because I want not just my child, but every child to be safe. Every child should be safe,” she said.

And for all the young girls in the pornography Morain liked to watch and share and the girls he admits to sexual abusing, “my heart goes out to their family, and my heart goes out to those children. And I hope they catch many more like that.”

Court documents show back in 1997, Tulsa police officers caught Morain looking at pornographic images of adult women dressed as school girls and pictures of clothed young girls.

The court documents say Morain admitted to officers then that he was a pedophile, but since he had not broken any laws he was not charged.

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