Summit County man accused of possession of child pornography
A Summit County man faces criminal charges after child pornography was found on his computer. The 59-year-old man was charged with child sexual exploitation, a class-four felony, after he moved to Summit from Amarillo, Texas.
During a Thursday, Oct. 15 court hearing, his $2,500 bond was converted to a personal recognizance bond, requiring no bail but his signature, ensuring he would appear in court at future dates.
“At this point, (he) has been in jail for almost four months,” Fifth Judicial District Judge Mark Thompson said, noting that the allegations were not for a crime of violence. As part of the terms of his bond, the defendant may not contact any of the reporting parties from the case and may not have access to the Internet or a computer.
The man’s defense attorney, Sommer Spector, argued that he was not a flight risk, adding that the man believed he could find housing and work in Summit County.
“Given the circumstances and duration of incarceration, he could bond out at this point,” Thompson added.
Charges were filed against the defendant on July 9, less than a month after a witness found pornographic material on his hard drive. She said the drive contained thousands of images and videos, and a second hard drive that was not plugged into his computer also contained explicit material.
“I think that this kind of community, they need to know, especially with so many little kids,” she said.
The woman added that she began to suspect the man of possessing child pornography following comments former employers made. At first, she didn’t believe them until the pieces started coming together.
“He started making comments,” she said. “Just little things started popping out because it didn’t seem right.”
When she confronted him about the charges, she said he became defensive. After finding the files on his computer and threatening to take them to the police, she said he assaulted her.
The defendant was charged with two separate misdemeanors following the discovery, class-three assault and violation of a protection order.
The presumptive range for a class-four felony is two to six years, but, under the Colorado Sex Offender Lifetime Supervision Act of 1998, sex offenders may face indeterminate sentencing, with a term ranging from the minimum of the presumptive range to a life sentence. In addition, an offender found guilty of committing a class-four felony sex offense would face 10 years to a lifetime of probation.
The defendant will next appear in court on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.
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