The FBI is investigating whether a former reporter for The Oklahoman hired a 16-year-old prostitute in violation of federal sex trafficking laws.
Nathaniel Zeke Campfield, 31, has not been indicted. He declined to comment Thursday.
The FBI revealed the investigation in a request for a search of Campfield's Oklahoma City home.
Campfield was fired Monday, about a week after his arrest on an assault and battery complaint at the Cox Convention Center at a graduation ceremony for high school students from Moore. One young woman reported he bumped or brushed past her four times.
An FBI agent wrote in a court affidavit that the prostitute said Campfield paid her $220 for sex at his residence. The agent reported the prostitute told Campfield in a text message she was 19.
Campfield told FBI agents May 8 that he contacted the prostitute after seeing a website ad, met her at a gas station but decided against paying her for sex because a male with her made him nervous.
Campfield first contacted the prostitute April 23 but refused to send her a picture, telling her in a text message he had a high profile job, according to the FBI affidavit.
He sent her texts May 4, asking if she knew of any younger girls he could get his brother for a birthday present, according to the affidavit.
He offered to tip her a finder's fee, the agent wrote.
The affidavit contains inaccuracies. FBI Special Agent Scott D. Lobb wrote some of the information came from “an obscure local blog.”
Among the errors in the court affidavit is a statement that Campfield was covering the graduation ceremony May 25 as a photographer for The Oklahoman. He was not assigned to cover the event, said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group. He worked for the newspaper as a reporter for about 15 months.
Also, a reference to an incident brought to the attention of his employer in 2012 is not factual, said Fry.