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Oklahoma Man Who Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted 5-Year-Old Receives Life Sentence Following HSI Tulsa, Partner Investigation

Release Date: April 25, 2024

TULSA, Okla. — A Delaware County man was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor, announced HSI Dallas Deputy Special Agent in Charge Mary Magness and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District Oklahoma Clint Johnson.

U.S. District Judge John D. Russell sentenced Glenn David Nickols, 41, to life imprisonment. If released, Nickols will be required to register as a sex offender and placed on supervised release.

“This defendant repeatedly victimized an innocent child, displaying no regard for the harm his sexually exploitative actions would cause,” said Magness. “The long healing process of this child’s unwarranted trauma can now begin with this predator behind bars for the remainder of his life.”

According to court records, from March 2020 through August 2020, Nickols engaged in repetitive and sadistic sexual acts with the 5-year-old child on multiple occasions.

“Project Safe Childhood is our commitment to have our children grow up without fear of exploitation,” said Johnson. “This life sentence holds Nickols accountable for his predatory actions and puts him in prison where he cannot exploit another child.”

Homeland Security Investigations and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations both members of the Tornado Alley Child Exploitation and Trafficking Task Force collaborated in the completion of this investigation. The task force’s guiding principle is to force multiply each agency’s resources, authorities and jurisdictions to prevent, identify, investigate and ultimately prosecute child exploitation and human trafficking related crimes.

HSI’s victim-centered approach to these investigations has led to the identification or rescue of thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and financial fraud.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. attorneys' offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. 

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity 24/7 by calling the HSI tip line at 877-4-HSI-TIP

Learn more about HSI’s mission to increase public safety in your community on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @HSI_Dallas.

Last Updated: 04/26/2024
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