Coweta man arrested for child porn released on bond after judge reduces holding amount

COWETA, Okla. - A Coweta man accused of possessing and distributing disturbing sexual images of children is out of jail despite prosecutors' objections.

According to court documents, in late December members of the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force accessed files on a Coweta man's computer through a public file sharing system called Peer 2 Peer.

Investigators say they downloaded eight video files of very young children -- some just toddlers -- being raped or used in sex acts.

The task force served a search warrant at the Coweta home of Michael Kristian Gomez Feb. 12. and confiscated several computers and other electronic storage devices found to have the disturbing videos.

Wagoner County Judge Dennis Shook initially set Gomez's bond at $100,000, but that changed last Friday.

The suspect's defense attorney argued that the bond was unreasonably high and the judge agreed, reducing the bond to $50,000 despite prosecutors' concerns. Gomez was released later that day.

"The basis of my objection would be the seriousness of the crime," said Assistant Wagoner County District Attorney Brett Chapman. "It's a very serious offense for which there is a high punishment in the Department of Corrections. "

Neighbors tell 2NEWS a school bus stop is located on the street in front of Gomez's home.

"A man like (that) doesn't have any business being on our street and around children," one neighbor tells 2NEWS.

Gomez's defense attorney, Eric Johnson, admits the charges against his client are serious but says he feels the strict conditions of Gomez's release will be enough to protect the public.

Gomez must wear a GPS ankle monitor, follow a curfew and he is not allowed to use the Internet or be around minor children.

According to court documents, Gomez is scheduled to be arraigned March 13.

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