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AIB employee faces child pornography charge

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DES MOINES - A Des Moines college employee, a former Cherokean, is facing a federal child pornography charge, authorities said.

According to an affidavit, Department of Homeland Security agents said Kent Eugene Oman, director of an AIB College of Business student residence hall, possessed several videos that appeared to have been recorded on a camera hidden in his Fenton Hall bathroom.

The videos, agents said, show an underage boy changing clothes, taking a shower and using the toilet, and its focal point is the minor's genitalia.

Federal agents said they also found video recorders, printed sexual stories and multiple DVDs in Oman's room.

The allegations have stunned students and staffers alike.

"You're just shocked that kind of thing could happen, not only in Des Moines, but in your own school," said AIB student David Rendon.

In a statement, college leaders said, "We are surprised and disappointed to learn of these allegations involving a member of the AIB College of Business community. The individual has been placed on unpaid leave and will need to find other housing accommodations until this criminal matter is resolved. We can confirm this individual was a student and upon graduation became a part-time staff member. He has been involved with the college community for the past eight years."

Students said they learned of the arrest after AIB officials sent them an e-mail alert.

"(The agents) just handcuffed and walked him out. I was surprised," Rendon said.

Authorities said Monday that Oman, a Cherokee native, will remain in custody until a grand jury hears his child pornography case.

Prosecutors claim Oman used a hidden camera, planted in his bathroom, to tape a teenaged boy from 2008 to 2010. A special agent also testified that investigators found video of a young woman in evidence seized from Oman's room at Felton Hall.

Prosecutors say Oman and his alleged victim met through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

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