13 Tulsa area teenage boys victims of child pornography

TULSA - More than a dozen teenage boys in the Tulsa area were victims of a sexual predator, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Federal agents say there may additional victims in the Tulsa area.

In November, agents from ICE launched Operation Sunflower  to catch people they suspect were involved with owning, trading and producing child pornography.

Less than two months after launching Operation Sunflower, authorities announced they had arrested 245 people on criminal charges of child exploitation.

ICE agents identified 123 victims, including 13 teenage boys from the Tulsa area.

The boys are between the ages of 14 and 16, agents said.

"They were identified with one particular subject," said Carl Rusnok, director of communications for ICE.

Federal agents have yet to take the adult connected to the teens into custody.

Investigators say there could be more victims in the area.

The case doesn't surprise Allie Meehan, with Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans, an organization that monitors cases of child sex abuse, including child porn.

Meehan said as more people than ever log on to the Internet, the number of sex abuse cases goes up.

"To think as a child that you have men or even women looking at these pictures of you...that has  mental and emotional scarring for the rest of a child's life," said Meehan.

Anyone with information that could help investigators with Operation Sunflower is urged to call 1-800-THE-LOST.

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