Child Pornography Suspect Heads To Court

Wednesday, March 7th 2007, 10:24 am
By: News On 6

A Tulsa man accused of having child pornography seems ready to plead guilty to the charges. Federal court documents obtained by the News On 6 indicate David Abston is following the advice of his attorney and desires to plead guilty. In light of that, Abston has a hearing in federal court Thursday morning. His trial had been scheduled for later this month.

Abston faces federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. David Abston lives in Tulsa but used to own a skating rink in Broken Arrow.

His case gained attention after he skipped his first federal court hearing and was on the run for a day before being arrested at a Bixby movie theatre. He has been in custody ever since.

After his federal charges were made public, a number of boys came forward, accusing Abston of molesting them. Tulsa Police detectives turned that case over to the Tulsa County District Attorney before Christmas, but no charges have been filed. The DA's office tells the News On 6, it wants to be thorough since there are so many potential victims and charges to consider. The DA office is meeting with Tulsa Police detectives Thursday to discuss the case.

For more background on this story, click on the links below to read additional stories about David Abston.

11/14/2006 - Broken Arrow Child Pornography Investigation

11/15/2006 - Suspect In Broken Arrow Child Pornography Case Fails To Appear In Court

11/16/2006 - David Abston Arrested By Bixby Police

11/17/2006 - Man Facing Child Pornography Distribution Charge Appears In Federal Court

1/9/2007 - Motion To Dismiss Denied In David Abston Federal Court Case

2/5/2007 - Child Pornography Suspect Seeks Plea Deal