FBI investigating ex-Oklahoman reporter Zeke Campfield on allegations he solicited a 16-year-old prostitute…
5:35 PM EDT on June 6, 2013
In our last report about the sad, sick and bizarre saga involving ex-Oklahoman reporter Zeke Campfield, I wrote the following line:
I know people are innocent until proven guilty, but I’m kind of worried this may be a tip of the iceberg type thing. I hope I’m wrong, but based on some other rumors I’ve heard, it just has the feel to it.
It looks like our worries were justified.
We have learned via the Ogle Mole Network that FBI agents busted Zeke Campfield in early May for allegedly soliciting the services of 16-year-old prostitute that he met online. Those allegations, when coupled with the accusations stemming from the May 25 incident at the Moore high schools graduation ceremony, have led agents to search Campfield's home and confiscate computers, cameras, cell phones, and other digital equipment. According to the search warrant, they did this to...
Search for and seize items related to procuring a prostitute using the internet and for producing child pornography, listed in Attachment B. Pursuant to the authorities of this Court and Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, I seek authority to search this property for evidence and instrumentalities related to the allegations against Nathaniel Zeke Campfield (CAMPFIELD) for committing sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a) and production or attempted production of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.c. § 2251.
Yeah, that's bad. Here are the details regarding Zeke's involvement with the prostitute from the search warrant's "Statement of the Facts." It marks the first time we've ever scooped the Video Vigilante in a local story about the world's oldest profession:
9. On May 6, 2013, FBI agents interviewed a juvenile prostitute (CHF) for the purpose of determining her age. The FBI received information that CHF was potentially ajuvenile and was advertising on the website Backpage.com under the Escorts section.3 Upon making contact with CHF, interviewing agents immediately identified themselves as FBI agents. CHF admitted she was 16 years of age and to have been engaged in prostitution for about two-and-a-half to three weeks. During the interview, CHF and her adult boyfriend, gave consent to look through her phone. A photograph on the phone featured an Oklahoma driver's license issued to CAMPFIELD. It listed his date of birth as XXlXXI1981. The listed address was 808 S.W. 10th Street, Lawton, Oklahoma. The driver's license number was XXXXXXXXX. A picture of a white male was contained thereon. CHF said she took the photograph for her security because CAMPFIELD expressed reservations about her "boyfriend" being in the area while he had sex with CHF.
10. On May 8, 2013, FBI agents interviewed CAMPFIELD at his residence at . Agents showed CAMPFIELD a photograph of CHF and asked if he knew the girl in the photograph. He became noticeably flushed in the neck and face and admitted he knew her. CAMPFIELD expressed embarrassment about his actions and explained he was coming out of a long-term relationship. He said he contacted CHF after seeing one of her advertisements on a website, though he was unsure of which website. CAMPFIELD admitted to meeting CHF at a gas station on Western Avenue, Oklahoma City, near his home. CANIPFIELD said he decided against paying CHF for sex because the presence of her male companion made him nervous. CAMPFIELD said CHF did not go with him to his residence, nor had she ever been there.
11. CHF posted an advertisement for prostitution services on Backpage.com on or about May 7, 2013. The advertisement was discovered by your affiant. At the request of your affiant, the Oklahoma City Police Department, Vice Enforcement Unit attempted to make contact with CHF and did so on May 9, 2013, in Edmond, Oklahoma. CHF was arrested for offering to engage in prostitution in Edmond, Oklahoma. During her post-arrest interview CHF was again questioned about her encounter with CAMPFIELD. She said she was paid $200 to have sex with CAMPFIELD at his residence. When asked about the photograph of the driver's license, CHF said she took it as a security measure, a compromise with CAMPFIELD, who was opposed to her boyfriend providing security by sitting outside of CAMPFIELD's residence. Following her arrest, the content of CHF's cellular telephone was downloaded, to include text messages.
12. On May 10, 2013, CHF was interviewed at the Oklahoma Juvenile Detention Facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in which she provided details about her sexual encounter with CAMPFIELD. She said CAMPFIELD met her at a gas station on Western Avenue and gave CHF a ride to his residence located a short distance away. CHF detailed the interior of CAMPFIELD's residence including a description of furniture and its location in the residence. CHF said shortly after entering the residence, she commented on a photograph of a young girl in the living room area. CAMPFIELD replied the girl was his daughter. CHF asked if CAMPFIELD had engaged in sex with prostitutes before, to which he replied he had but not that often. The two went to the bedroom where they engaged in sex. CHF provided a description of CAMPFIELD's bedroom, including the location of the bed to the right side of the room close to the wall as one entered and a guitar placed on a guitar stand. When the two finished having sex, CAMPFIELD placed $220 on the couch as payment to CHF. CAMPFIELD gave CHF a ride back to the gas station. CHF completed a sketch of CAMPFIELD's residence.
13. A review of CHF's text messages on her telephone, number , indicate that she had contact with CAMPFIELD via text message beginning in late April. The messages on CHF's phone were with a number listed as . CAMPFIELD's phone number was listed as in his May 25,2013 arrest report (Oklahoma City Police Department case number 13-043044).
14. CAMPFIELD's first contact with CHF using his phone number occurred on April 23, 2013 at 5:59:05 p.m. There is back and forth between CAMPFIELD and CHF as the two negotiate, via text message, to meet and have sex. At one point, CAMPFIELD asked CHF her rates to which she responded: "120 for 30 min and 170 for hour." Shortly thereafter CHF asked for a picture of CAMPFIELD, but he replied, "Sorry, I work a high profile job." CAMPFIELD requested CHF to meet him at a bar, but she responded she could not because she was only 19. CAMPFIELD attempted to renegotiate the price, asking CHF if she would take $150 for an hour. CHF responded she would not. On May 4,2013, CAMPFIELD sent CHF a text that read: "My bro is coming for his bday next weekend" and followed that text a short time later with, "U know any younger girls I can get him for present?" He offered to tip her a finder's fee. CHF responded she would need to meet in person to discuss it.
Let me get this straight. Zeke agreed to have his drivers license photographed by a prostitute he met on the Internet, and sent her a message asking about younger girls? He's a real criminal mastermind.
The search warrant also mentioned that the Oklahoman allegedly had prior knowledge about a similar incident at the state fairgrounds:
18. More improper behavior by CAMPFIELD was brought to the attention of his employer, the Oklahoman in 2012. CAMPFIELD was accused of continually bumped into various females at the Oklahoma state fair and snapping pictures up their skirts.
That's cool. We reported that same claim last week. I wonder where did the FBI get this information?
1. Some of the information contained in this affidavit has been reported in "an obscure local blog." See http://www.lostogle.com.
Which is cooler? Is that we are being used a source material in a FBI investigation, or that the FBI misprinted out web address and slogan in a search warrant. I'll call it draw.
At least the FBI attempted to get our name right. The Oklahoman actually covered the story earlier tonight. They went out of their way to deny any wrongdoing, take a jab at us and not mention our name. What a trio, huh? The article was written by company man and aloof Gaylord Oklahoma Memorial Stadium wanderer Nolan Clay.
The affidavit contains inaccuracies. FBI Special Agent Scott D. Lobb wrote some of the information came from “an obscure local blog.”
Among the errors in the court affidavit is a statement that Campfield was covering the graduation ceremony May 25 as a photographer for The Oklahoman. He was not assigned to cover the event, said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group. He worked for the newspaper as a reporter for about 15 months.
Also, a reference to an incident brought to the attention of his employer in 2012 is not factual, said Fry.
A couple of things about that:
1. Zeke may not have been "assigned" to cover the event, but that's what he claimed in the police report. Why should we believe the Oklahoman over him? Also, do you think if Zeke would have showed up in the newsroom that night with photos from the graduation that the Oklahoman editors would have considered using any of them? I think we know the answer to that.
2. Also, notice how they don't straight up deny or refute our claims that OPUBCO knew about a previous incident at the fairgrounds? They write "Not factual." That's an interesting word choice. Real interesting.
Anyway, we'll let you know more as this develops. I didn't have time to black out all the details concerning the search warrant, but when I do we'll get it online.
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