Lawton sex offender pleads guilty to child sex crimes, witness tampering

TULSA, Okla. — A Lawton man was convicted in federal court for attempting to entice an undercover police officer, whom he believed was a 14-year-old, and for enticing a 12-year-old to send sexually explicit pictures of herself to him, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Justin Eli Muncy, 46, of Lawton, pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, coercion and enticement of a minor, production of child pornography, and two counts of tampering with a witness by corrupt persuasion.

Muncy was a convicted sex offender when he committed the crimes.

According to the plea agreement, Muncy admitted that from Jan. 27, 2022, to April 14, 2022, he tried to get an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old to engage in sexual activity. That individual was an undercover officer.

He also admitted that from Oct. 10, 2021, to April 14, 2022, he coerced and enticed a 12-year-old to take sexually explicit pictures of herself and send them to him. The images that were sent to him are considered child pornography.

Starting on April 14, 2022, Muncy made multiple attempts to obstruct the investigation and criminal proceedings surrounding him. When he learned of a pending arrest warrant against him, he hid his cell phone in the crawlspace of his home so investigators could not locate it. After Muncy was arrested, he wrote multiple letters from Tulsa County Jail asking a witness to wipe his cellphone data or plant his phone at another individual’s home to falsely implicate that individual.

Muncy also sent several letters to the witness telling them to lie during court proceedings regarding his case.

The conditions in the plea agreement call for Muncy to serve 35 years in prison. A federal judge will determine whether to approve the plea agreement at later sentencing hearing.