Two Oklahoma women have been arrested after police uncover an alleged plot to win a custody battle by planting graphic images of children on a father’s phone.
Lacey Hucks, 33, conspired with her friend Angel Moore, 44, to plant more than 800 child sexual abuse images on Hucks husband’s old phone, police said.
“It was a big conspiracy, but we exposed it,” Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett told local news station KFOR earlier this week. “I haven’t seen anything so detailed and so thoughtful about trying to get someone locked up.”
The unnamed husband was arrested last month after Hucks and Moore gave his old phone to the Wynnewood Police Department. The phone contained 857 graphic images, which investigators later learned the two women had taken from the so-called dark web.
“Taking the time to find all these screenshots, you know, is very disturbing. Very, very disturbing,” Mullett told KFOR. “It’s above the top.”
Investigators released the man after spending a night in jail. They began to question the women’s story, in part because the husband’s most recent phone did not contain such graphic images. Police questioned the two women and quickly learned it was an elaborate hoax so Hucks could win an upcoming custody battle.
Hucks and Moore had plotted to frame the husband as early as December. when they collected the footage, a May 2 affidavit alleges.
“[Moore] admitted that she was never at [the husband’s] residence and I never observed him with the phone,” the affidavit states. “[Moore] said she thought she was doing the right thing to [Hucks].”
Mullett said it was a plan the two women had “prepared”.
“The woman just made up this crazy story and it was believable at first,” Mullett told KFOR.
Both women were charged with conspiracy and knowingly reporting a false crime. Hucks also faces an additional charge of aggravated possession of the footage.
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