Ex-foster father gets life for child sex abuse, manufacturing child porn

A Tulsa man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child and manufacturing child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison.

Timothy Paul Cheatwood, 46, pleaded guilty in April to several charges, some of which were linked to a foster child, according to court records.

The sentence was imposed Monday in Tulsa County District Court.

Cheatwood was arrested Sept. 2, 2015, after an undercover investigation by the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The investigation began after agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation linked Cheatwood’s computer to images they were able to source through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

Investigators said they found more than 100 images and videos depicting child pornography on Cheatwood’s computer.

A memory card on Cheatwood’s camera revealed four images of a nude boy sleeping on a bed.

Investigators identified the young child as one of the foster children who had been in Cheatwood’s care.

The victim told authorities that Cheatwood sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions when he was 6.

Cheatwood provided respite care to foster families through the national private nonprofit Bair Foundation from September 2013 to May 2014.

He pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, two counts of aggravated possession of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography and sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

The judge ordered that Cheatwood serve three concurrent life sentences in state prison, followed by two concurrent 20-year sentences.