Oklahoma Supreme Court suspends former judge from legal practice

G. Wayne Olmstead, 64, resigned in January after being indicted in 2011. He was accused of downloading pornographic online videos to his state computer. He pleaded no contest to violating Oklahoma's computer crimes act.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: September 11, 2012
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday suspended from legal practice until March a former Harper County associate district judge who pleaded no contest to violating Oklahoma's computer crimes act.

G. Wayne Olmstead resigned in January after being indicted in 2011. He was accused of downloading pornographic videos from the Internet to his state computer.

Olmstead, 64, initially faced 19 felony counts of downloading obscene materials, but he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded no contest in January to a felony charge of violating Oklahoma's computer crimes act. The original case was dismissed.

The new charge alleged he downloaded certain inappropriate material to his state computer in 2011. Olmstead, who became an associate district judge in 2002 in Harper County, agreed to resign, spend a year on probation, pay about $4,000 in court costs and get a mental health evaluation.

A judge has deferred imposing any sentence until January when Olmstead's year of probation ends.

A total of 57 pornographic movies were found to have been stored on Olmstead's state-issued computer after the misconduct was discovered in 2011, according to earlier court documents.