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By Traci Chapman
Canadian County’s cyber task force recently netted two men on sexual predator charges.
John Opperman, 38, was charged Jan. 11 with unlawful communication by use of technology, a felony which could carry a sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum $10,000 fine.
An Iowa resident, Opperman was arrested Jan. 9 after he allegedly tried to meet in Yukon who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, said Lt. Adam Flowers, head of the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office cyber crime division and the person who posed as the underage female.
“During the conversation, Opperman allegedly told the decoy that he was a truck driver and would like to meet the decoy as he drove through Yukon,” Flowers said. “We then began the process to set up a meeting at the Yukon Walmart parking lot.”
Once Opperman arrived, Sheriff Randall Edwards and two deputies apprehended him. After he was arrested, Flowers said he recovered additional evidence on the man’s cell phone. He was booked into the Canadian County Jail and bonded out Jan. 15. His case is set for a Feb. 1 disposition hearing.
Opperman was apprehended because of a decoy Internet personal advertisement, Flowers said. The same ad resulted in another arrest – this time of a man from Midwest City, he said.
Daniel Cox, 27, also believed he was speaking with a 15-year-old female, Flowers said.
After asking for nude photos of the girl, Cox requested a meeting, which was set up in the Yukon Public Library parking lot. After Cox showed up, he was arrested and later charged with the same offense Opperman faced – felony unlawful communication by use of technology.
According to the Oklahoma State Courts Network, Cox also bonded out but must return for a Jan. 30 disposition hearing. Edwards said when Cox was arrested, he was armed with a loaded 45-caliber handgun.