After months of investigative work, detectives in Oklahoma have arrested a kids’ softball coach for allegedly possessing pornographic images of children.
According to affidavits provided to PEOPLE, police in Norman, Oklahoma, were tipped off about 36-year-old Mark Lee Simpson’s alleged illicit interests by an anonymous visitor to the department’s website.
The tip was received on June 19, according to affidavits, and a search of his home less than a month later turned up three thumb drives and a laptop. Police claim that Simpson admitted during subsequent questioning that the equipment was his and that he had stored child pornography on the thumb drives.
“I asked Simpson if I was going to find any child pornography on the thumb drives or the computer and he stated that I would,” reads Detective Kellee Robertson’s affidavit, obtained by PEOPLE.
After searching the thumb drives and the computer, police claim they unearthed more than 30 images that were “clearly” child pornography.
Simpson was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center on child pornography possession charges on Tuesday afternoon and remains in police custody on $30,000 bail.
Sarah Jensen, a spokeswoman for the Norman Police Department, tells PEOPLE that a second man was arrested along with Simpson, but a Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson did not return calls seeking clarification.
William Brewer, Norman’s sports and special events coordinator, issued a letter to area parents, assuring them Simpson passed a background check.
“If Mr. Simpson is subsequently convicted of possessing child pornography, he will be permanently disqualified from coaching in any of the city’s youth leagues,” Brewer’s letter states.
“We regret that this incident has occurred and want to assure you that had we had any indication that Mr. Simpson was involved in this type of behavior we would not have allowed him to be involved in our program,” concludes the missive to parents.
Simpson has not entered an official plea to the charges against him.
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