Broken Arrow martial arts instructor faces child porn charges

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Gordon Okerstrom was arrested Friday, Sept. 2, by Broken Arrow Police for possession of child pornography. Thursday, he was officially charged with two counts of aggravated child pornography.

Prior to his arrest, Okerstrom was an instructor at Martial Arts Advantage Studio. He taught children there for 12 years.

The studio told FOX23 they fired him immediately following the arrest and notified parents.

According to the court records, investigators found over 100 photos of child porn on Okerstrom’s phone, and over 100 photos on his computer.

Broken Arrow Detective Sgt. Ian Buchanan said that investigators don’t believe he was sending or producing any child pornography.

“We’re not seeing anything that indicated that he was sending it. It just appears that he was downloading it,” he explained.

Police said they don’t believe any children locally, or students at the studio, were abused or involved. The ongoing investigation could bring more charges against Okerstrom, police also said.

“[I was] broken hearted,” said Chief Instructor at Martial Arts Advantage Studio Jim Hammons. “Because it’s someone you know, and ... because it’s just terrible.”

He continued, “I advocate for kids. So I can’t tolerate in any way, shape or form, anybody who would do anything to a child. We can’t have it. We can’t have that around our kids, and definitely can’t be a leader and have that around.”

Buchanan said investigators are still examining Okerstrom’s phone and computer.

“We’re still examining to see if there’s any additional child pornography on any of those other devices,” he explained.

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