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Flint’s child-porn case moves on to trial in Breckenridge

CAITLIN ROWsummit daily news

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

BRECKENRIDGE – The defense in Dennis Flint’s child- pornography case moved to dismiss it Monday at a pretrial conference, citing concerns over a key witness: Flint’s ex-wife Dawn Flint, who supposedly played a role in Flint’s arrest.The defense argued Dawn Flint may not be a valid witness due to her own alleged criminal doings.Flint has pleaded not guilty to the charge of felony child-porn possession, for which he was arrested in March 2009. Earlier this year, he exhausted his finances while defending himself and changed attorneys to public defender Dana Christiansen. The charges against Flint stem from data found on two computer hard drives in 2006. The FBI turned the evidence over to local authorities after finding Flint was not involved with an interstate porn “nexus.” Up until his arrest last year, Flint was the CEO of High Country Health Care in Summit County.Christiansen said Flint had reported to local police incidents in which Dawn Flint forged checks with his name. It was said Flint also went to the police over damage supposedly done to his home while his ex-wife was staying there. Christiansen also speculated that a warrant out for Dawn Flint’s arrest for driving under restraint wasn’t served for months because prosecution was giving her preferential consideration.Anne Francis of the prosecution denied all speculations of preference to District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle. She agreed to disclose all information regarding police reports and any potential district attorney investigations on Dawn Flint to the judge and defense by June 11. Francis also said that, other than Flint’s statements about Dawn Flint, she was not aware of any reports being submitted to the DA’s office.”There was no consideration, no tit-for-tat,” Francis said.Other concerns were voiced Monday over having enough time to prepare for trial – it’s currently set to start June 21. Flint’s defense hasn’t reviewed all key evidence yet, and Christiansen is still waiting to hear back from a potential witness.Ruckriegle was insistent Flint’s trial proceed as scheduled, and be organized and orderly.”There’s now no reason to deviate from current trial dates,” he said.Other issues discussed include providing pretrial instructions to the court by June 14, and Flint’s bond-violation felony. Any rulings on motions filed over the bond violation will be ruled on in late June, depending on the length of Flint’s child-porn trial. Christiansen asked the court to consider throwing out the bond-violation case on numerous issues surrounding instructions on what “no contact” meant regarding being around minors. Flint supposedly violated his bond by being around the two young sons of a woman he was dating on the Front Range.The next pretrial hearing is set for Monday at 9 a.m.Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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