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Breckenridge jury reviews child porn images in Dennis Flint trial

ROBERT ALLEN
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Editor’s Note: Child pornography charges were eventually dismissed.

BRECKENRIDGE – The trial of former health care CEO Dennis Flint – charged with two felonies regarding child-pornography possession – is on hold until Monday morning.

Chief District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said Thursday morning that he would “very reluctantly” grant the recess after both sides cited reasons for not needing the rest of Thursday and today originally scheduled for trial.

Court proceedings Wednesday and Thursday included testimony from an FBI agent and a computer criminologist on evidence found on two computer hard drives through a hidden program Flint’s now-former wife Dawn had installed.

The program, called Spector Pro, recorded screen shots every few seconds on the computer during two occasions in July 2006.

Graphic, sexual images of children as young as 6 years old were part of the evidence the prosecution showed the jury on a large screen Wednesday. The sequence of screen shots, as recorded by the program, played similar to a video.

After many minutes of pornographic website shots, the video progressed to show the computer’s user playing a card game and then a fighter-pilot video game.

Public defender Dana Christiansen said Wednesday there was “nothing to confirm” Dennis Flint was on the computer beyond his ex-wife’s testimony.

On Thursday, Christiansen asked for the case to be thrown out for this reason.

Ruckriegle denied the request.

“Circumstantial evidence is considered to be the same as direct evidence on whether (the jury finds guilt) beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said. “It would be inappropriate for the court to take that away from the jury.”

The defense has about three witnesses planned for testimony Monday, and the move for the recess was in part because of their limited availability. Prosecutor Anne Francis agreed to the recess in part because of a ruling on pornographic evidence not to be admitted.

“We were looking to introduce pornography that did not have kids,” District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said in a phone interview Thursday. “The judge said it was too prejudicial.”

The trial began June 21 and is expected to concluded by Wednesday.

Dennis Flint is the former CEO of High Country Health Care. The Summit Foundation recognized him with an “outstanding citizen” award about four months before his arrest on the child-porn charges in March 2009.

Flint graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977 and flew as a pilot.

In a separate case, Flint faces misdemeanor charges of child abuse involving his daughter. A trial in that case is expected to proceed later this summer.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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