A Claremore man who possessed thousands of images and videos of child pornography pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Jeffrey Rahn Reetz, 66, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and to possession of child pornography. U.S District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell set sentencing for Aug. 2, 2021, according to a media release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Jeffrey Reetz collected 9,000 images and videos of the abuse and rape of children and was a felon illegally in possession of nine firearms who attempted to flee the country to escape prosecution,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Individuals like Reetz are the reason we seek to unmask and hold accountable those who download and share child pornography. I appreciate the efforts of the officers and agents of Homeland Security Investigations, the Tulsa Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections who were all instrumental in exposing and arresting this predator.”
Reetz stated in a written plea agreement that between March 2019, and January 23, 2020, he knowingly possessed three rifles, two shotguns, four handguns, and 1,421 rounds of ammunition.
Reetz further admitted that between January 2017 and January 23, 2020, he knowingly possessed and accessed with intent to view more than 1,000 graphic image files and video files of child pornography.
On Jan. 23, 2020, agents and officers executed a federal search and seizure warrant at Reetz’s residence and located the firearms. Reetz was subsequently taken into custody at the Tulsa International Airport while he was trying to flee the country to Cuba to avoid arrest and prosecution.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Tulsa Police Department and Oklahoma Department of Corrections conducted the investigation.