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Former police officer sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of child

Former police officer sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of child (FILE)

A Tulsa judge sentenced former Broken Arrow police officer Noel McFadden to 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for sexual exploitation of a child.

McFadden, 71, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation on Feb. 16, 2018.

In April 2017, he knowingly convinced a child under the age of 12 to take inappropriate pictures with a cellphone he had given her.

“I applaud the hard work of the FBI and the Broken Arrow police department in bringing this child predator to justice," United States Attorney Shores said. "But most importantly, it was due to the courageous efforts of two small children and their family who made sure Noel McFadden will never harm another child. They stood up to their abuser and ended it.”

“At sentencing, several relatives of the victim spoke about the harm inflicted by McFadden," Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey A. Gallant said. "One of his victims, only nine years old, made a powerful statement in open court where she emphasized she was not a victim, but a strong survivor. She stood up to McFadden and ensured no other children would ever be harmed again by him.”

The case was part of a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice called Project Safe Childhood.

The charges came after the FBI and Broken Arrow Police Department conducted an investigation.

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