The Woodward News

Local News

August 1, 2012

Hearing leads to reduction in bail

Woodward, Okla. — A former county resident charged with possession of child pornography and violation of the computer crimes act was in Woodward County District Court for a bond hearing on Tuesday.

Originally, the case was scheduled for a preliminary hearing but that was postponed until Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.

Trent Allen McKenna was arrested in May of 2011 on the 2 felony charges and bail was set at $100,000. McKenna has been in the Woodward County Jail since that time. On Tuesday, Associate District Judge Rick Bozarth reduced the bond to $30,000, with some conditions, after the hearing.

McKenna was charged after a 16-month investigation that began when District Attorney Investigator Steve Tanio interviewed McKenna's adopted daughter, according to a court affidavit. The investigation came after allegations McKenna made sexual advances toward several minor females including the adopted daughter, who was 14 at the time, court documents show.

The interview occurred on Jan. 13, 2010 and the girl allegedly told Tanio about the images she had viewed on McKenna's laptop computer of "real girls" and of "full frontal nudity of girls between the ages of 13-16," according to the affidavit.

A search warrant was obtained on Jan. 15, 2010 and executed on Jan. 19, 2010. The warrant  allowed Tanio to retrieve any and all electronic storage devices from the home, according to the affidavit for the search warrant. At the time of the allegations, McKenna and his family lived in Fort Supply, court records show. He was living in the Oklahoma City area when charges were filed and was arrested in Tuttle.

McKenna was not charged until 16 months later because of the vast amount of images, 1.7 million, that had to be searched Tanio said in the affidavit. He said investigation of McKenna for possession of child pornography was "held in conjunction with a DHS case."

According to the affidavits, a Department of Human Services child welfare worker told Tanio that based on allegations of sexual abuse (against McKenna), DHS removed the children from the home on Jan. 19, 2010 and placed them in a shelter. The 3 boys were eventually returned to the home.

On Tuesday,  McKenna's Attorney Keith Nedwick said that 5 months before the May 2011 arrest McKenna had been living with his wife and 3 boys.

Judge Bozarth asked if there had been any allegations the boys were sexually abused and Assistant District Attorney Susan Meinders said there wasn't.

Nedwick also argued that from the start of the investigation to the eventual filing of felony charges, McKenna attended all the court hearings, an indication that he was not a flight risk.

While the state agreed to a bond reduction, Meinders asked that McKenna not be allowed to live with minors, not be allowed to have contact with any alleged victims and be restrained from using a computer.

Bozarth reduced the bond with some conditions, though not all of the ones Meinders asked for.

McKenna can live with his wife and sons if he posts bond, but cannot have access to any computers or smart phones, the judge ruled. McKenna is also not to have contact with any victims.

Bozarth also directed comments to McKenna's family at the hearing telling them they are responsible for the welfare of the boys and to keep him "on the straight and narrow.”

As of late Tuesday, McKenna had not posted bail and remained in the Woodward County Jail.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014