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Poteau man takes plea in child porn case

July 11, 2012

A man charged with aggravated possession of child pornography has left
his fate in the hands of the courts after entering a blind plea of no contest. Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen, has been incarcerated since his arrest in October after law enforcement received a report he attempted to sexually assault two children at his business, The Computer Helper, located on South Witte in Poteau. During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography. A report from the OSBI
Computer Crime Lab confirmed that several of the devices seized from
Hester’s business contained child pornography. According to the report, there were 2,453 images of child pornography found on multiple external
hard drives and 31 child pornography videos found. The images and videos
located were of pre-pubescent females, both clothed and unclothed in provocative poses and performing provocative dances and movements. Some even depicted actual sexual acts. A digital camera also seized from Hester’s business contained a photo of one of the victims who had made the allegations against him. The victim confirmed Hester had taken the photo and had tried to photograph her friend as well. Additional pictures of young girls were found on a seized mp4. Hester, represented by his attorney Rob Cowan, appeared in front of District Judge Jon Sullivan Friday and announced their intent to enter a blind plea. According to documents, Hester believed if he stood trial the chances
of being found guilty were high and it was in his best interest to plead. A blind plea is different from a plea agreement in that in an agreement, the defendant has agreed to a sentence offered by the state. In a blind plea there is no such arrangement and it is up to the judge to determine sentencing. A presentencing investigation was ordered by
Sullivan and a court date was set for Sept. 5 for Hester’s sentencing.

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