Two women were arrested in Oklahoma after police uncovered an alleged plot to win a child custody battle by posting graphic photos of children on a father’s phone.
Police said Lacey Hux, 33, conspired with her friend Angel Moore, 44, to place more than 800 photos of child sexual abuse on an old phone of Hux’s husband.
“It was a big conspiracy, but we uncovered it,” Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett told local news station KFor earlier this week. “I haven’t seen anything this elaborate and so thought-provoking for someone to try to take it away.”
The husband, who is not being named, was arrested last month after Hux and Moore gave their old phone to the Wynnewood Police Department. The phone contained 857 graphic photographs, which investigators later learned were taken by the two women from the so-called dark web.
“Taking the time to go through all these screenshots, you know, it’s very disturbing. Very, very disturbing,” Mullett told KFOR. “It’s over the top.”
Investigators released the man after spending a night in prison. They began to question the women’s story, as the husband’s most current phone had no such graphic images. Police questioned the two women, and soon learned it was an elaborate hoax so that Hax could win the ensuing child custody battle.
Hux and Moore had hatched a plot to implicate the husband by December. When he collected the images, the May 2 affidavit made the allegation.
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Mullet said it was a plan the two women had “rehearsed”.
“The wife came up with this crazy story and it was believable at first,” Mullett told KFOR.
Both women have been charged with conspiracy and willfully reporting a false crime. Hax also faces an additional charge of aggravated possession of the images.