Quapaw official indicted in sex sting
Miami man indicted on count of trying to entice fictitious girl into sexual activity
A federal grand jury has indicted a Quapaw Tribe official on one count of attempted enticement of a minor following an undercover investigation.
Thomas Crawfish Mathews, 35, of Miami, Oklahoma, was released on his own recognizance after being arraigned Tuesday in Tulsa federal court.
An indictment dated Nov. 6 that was unsealed Tuesday charges Mathews with using a cellphone to “persuade, induce and entice an individual whom he believed had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.”
Thomas is vice chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Business Committee, according to the tribe's website. He is also employed by the tribe, according to court documents filed in connection with the indictment. An application for a search warrant also unsealed Tuesday identifies Mathews as the person who tried to meet Aug. 31 to engage in sex with a 13-year-old girl who turned out to be fictitious.
According to an affidavit filed in support of a request by federal officials to search Mathews' home on Skyline Drive in Miami for electronic devices, a Miami Police detective created a post titled “Mission complete lol” under the user name “Angel2022” on the anonymous chat application Whisper.
A short time later, someone with the username “Big T” contacted the undercover officer and began to chat online.
“`Big T' was later identified as Thomas Crawfish Mathews, age 35,” according to the affidavit signed by a Homeland Security Investigations special agent.
The undercover officer later directed the user “Big T” to a location to meet, according to the affidavit. Miami Police conducting surveillance in the area observed a person identified as Mathews arrive in a black Nissan Titan with the Quapaw tribal plate “T.”
The undercover officer directed the user Big T to a second location where Miami Police observed Mathews arrive later, according to the affidavit for the search warrant.
At the second location, Miami Police contacted Mathews, who denied allegations that he was the Whisper account user “Big T” and had attempted to meet with a 13-yearold to engage in sex, according to the affidavit.
Mathews consented to a police search of his iPhone. Police didn't find the Whisper application on it.
Miami Police served a search warrant on Sept. 6 to Whisper company officials in California, who told authorities that the user account associated with “Big T” had been deleted “in close proximity” to when police first encountered Mathews.
“Whisper further stated that Mathews has engaged in more than 3,000 conversations and has sent 12,571 messages in the app,” according to the affidavit.
Further police investigation determined that the Whisper account had been accessed by the user “Big T” from a telephone number associated with Mathews' home Drive.
Federal officials searched Mathews' home on Oct. 11, seizing four iPhones and “marijuana snacks.”
Mathews' attorney could not be reached for comment.