Official Caught With Illegal Child Photos

( An assistant district attorney for Payne and Logan Counties in Oklahoma was arrested on Monday after his apartment was searched in connection to a child pornography investigation.

Kevin Etherington, 53, was held in Payne County jail on a child pornography complaint along with a computer crimes complaint.

Etherington’s boss, District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas, announced his arrest Monday night, saying she had terminated him from his position.

In a press release on Monday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said agents from its Internet Crimes Against Children Unit executed a search of Etherington’s Stillwater home where they found around 153 videos and photos depicting child sexual exploitation on his Google account.

Google had notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the suspected abuse material linked to Etherington on July 26. The Center then forwarded 14 cyber tips to the OSBI on September 1.

Etherington worked as a prosecutor in Logan and Payne counties for eight years.

DA Thomas thanked the OSBI for its “diligence in finding these offenders throughout our state, regardless of who they may be.” She said that as district attorney, her loyalty is with the people in her district and upholding the law to protect citizens, “particularly the most vulnerable of us.”

Etherington previously worked as a prosecutor in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office but was fired in 2010 after he had an affair with a married co-worker.

In a November 4, 2010 email firing Etherington, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater warned him if he returned to the DA’s office, Etherington would be arrested.

Etherington’s wife filed for divorce three weeks after he was fired but dismissed her petition in 2011. In 2015, she filed for divorce again and it was granted.

In 2017, Etherington was charged with larceny from a house after taking vehicle jacks from his ex-wife’s home in Edmond. The felony charge was later dismissed.