OC man pleads guilty in sexual exploitation case

From staff reports

An Oil City resident has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced Tuesday.

Brent Lockwood, 63, of 603 Bissell Ave., pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge Stephanie L. Haines, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Lockwood received computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, the press release said.

The court was also advised that Lockwood repeatedly expressed, during Facebook chats, his desire to travel to the Philippines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual activity with minor females, according to the press release.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, the release said.

Sentencing for Lockwood is scheduled Oct. 13, and the court has ordered that he be detained.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lockwood.