A Claremore man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in U.S. District Court last month will now face other charges filed locally.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated a case of sexual exploitation of a child against Kenneth Batten, 37, of Claremore and charged him with that crime on Sept. 8.
Batten pleaded guilty on Jan. 12 and was sentenced on April 14 to serve 25 years in federal prison. According to court records, the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office last week re-filed a number of other charges originally filed by authorities against Batten last year. The local DA’s office will now prosecute those charges. Batten is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on June 20 on one count of rape by instrumentation, eight counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12, possession of juvenile pornography and one count of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor.
Rape by instrumentation is punishable by imprisonment of not less than five years to life without parole. Each of the eight counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 carries a possible sentence of 25 years or more.
The possession of juvenile pornography charge carries a possible sentence of to up to 20 years in prison, while the charge of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.