A former church youth minister has been accused of posing as an 18-year-old woman on Facebook to entice boys into sending him naked pictures of themselves.
Daniel Leslie Mooneyham, 32, of Oklahoma City, was charged Wednesday in federal court with sexual exploitation of children.
He posed on the popular social networking site Facebook as “Terri Smith,” the FBI reported.
He would send photos of a topless woman to boys in exchange for nude photos of themselves, an agent reported in a court affidavit.
His wife, Jami Mooneyham, discovered the deception, the FBI said. She contacted the FBI in January. She filed Monday for an annulment of their marriage, saying her husband committed fraud by failing to disclose his actual sexuality.
The wife told the FBI she recognized many of “Terri Smith's” Facebook friends as individuals from the church she and her husband attend.
She said she recognized others as individuals from summer church youth camps they had attended.
His attorney, Perry Hudson, said Monday, “They are serious allegations. Obviously, we're too early on in the process to know if they're valid allegations.”
FBI Special Agent Douglas Settle reported Daniel Mooneyham in March admitted to creating the fake Facebook profile and a related email account 12 to 18 months before “to have sexual conversations and to solicit and obtain nude … pictures of males, including minors.”
“He told us that he used them to live a different lifestyle, meet guys and for ‘lustful intentions,'” the agent reported. “He said in return for photos, he would send the Facebook friends naked photos of a female, which did not show her face. He said he found the pictures of the female on the Internet. He admitted that he selected these particular pictures of the female because they looked homemade.
“He said that he saw it as a challenge to get the photographs of his Facebook friends,” the agent reported. “At the end of the interview, he said that he obtained the photographs of minors out of ‘curiosity.'”
The agent reported one boy who was asked to send “naughty” photos was 13 at the time. That boy did not send any.
Daniel Mooneyham was a youth minister at a Lexington church until he was charged in Garvin County in 2007 with embezzlement, according to the FBI agent's affidavit. He was put on probation in 2008 and ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution, court records show.
His wife told the FBI this year that he still was a Sunday school teacher at the Lexington church and still interacted with youth there. Before his arrest last week, he had been scheduled to attend a church youth camp this week.
Court papers did not identify the church.