• Dennis McCaslin

Sixty year-old Woodward County man convicted form serial abuse of child from 2012-2016

A Woodward County jury found 60-year-old Martin James Wiseman guilty of First Degree Rape, Oral Sodomy, Lewd Molestation and Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography on Thursday.

The jury recommended Life without Parole for the first three charges, and Life with a $10,000 fine for the Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography charge.

Wiseman was accused of sexually violating a child at his residence in Woodward. The repeated sexual abuse occurred between May 2012 and September 2016. Wiseman not only sexually abused the child but also recorded the incidents.

On January 8, 2019, a search warrant was executed at Wiseman’s residence in Woodward County and computers and multiple storage devices were seized. The evidence was submitted to the Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Tulsa office for forensic examination. More than 100 images of child sexual exploitation were found on the devices.

On January 17, 2019, the Woodward County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) with examining and processing the digital evidence that was seized from Wiseman. Agents determined some of the pornographic images were of the child that was being sexually abused by Wiseman.

On February 1, 2019, the Woodward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wiseman for Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy and Lewd Acts with a Minor. He was taken to the Woodward County Jail on a $200,000 bond. An additional charge of Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography was added in July 2019.

Wiseman has a previous conviction out of Ellis County after he pled guilty in 1997 for rape in the first degree and received a 25-year sentence, according to court records.

This investigation was a collaborative effort between the Woodward County Sheriff’s Office, OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and the Woodward County District Attorney’s Office.

“Thanks to the interagency cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, we were able to get justice for this child and the others out there that have been or would be victims of Wiseman,” said Chris Boring, Woodward County District Attorney. “I am extremely grateful for the service of this jury. I know it cannot be easy to view the type of evidence that was presented at trial. I am also thankful that on this first day of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the jury sent a strong message to child abusers with this verdict and sentence.”

If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children immediately at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.cybertipline.com. You can also contact the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at (800) 522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov.

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