Monday, December 14, 2020

Man Sought For Allegedly Sending Nude Photos

A felony arrest warrant was issued for a 49-year-old Bokoshe man accused of using his cell phone to send inappropriate photos to an underage Sequoyah County girl.

John Wesley Harding faces charges of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology and his bond was set at $20,000, court records reveal. He faces up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both, on the felony charge.

In an affidavit filed Dec. 11 by a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office investigator, the teenage victim said during a Sept. 30 forensic interview that two weeks earlier, she had received a message from Harding on Facebook Messenger. About a week later, she said, Harding sent her a photo of himself nude from the chest up, and about two days before the interview, Harding had sent her a photo of himself completely nude.

The teen also said Harding urged her to “sneak out” of her residence and meet him. 

On Oct. 19, the sheriff’s investigator interviewed Harding, who admitted sending “inappropriate pictures” to the girl. When asked if he had ever planned to meet with her, Harding admitted discussing meeting with the girl but said, “She thought I was going to come and pick her up, but I wouldn’t have done that. I wouldn’t have picked her up.”

Harding’s cellphone was taken into evidence and sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) Lab for evidence collection. The phone belonging to the girl was also sent to the OSBI lab. 

The felony arrest warrant for Harding was issued on Dec. 11.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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