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Tabernash suspect bound over to District Court on child porn charges

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

A local man who allegedly dealt in child pornography was back in a Hot Sulphur Springs courtroom Tuesday to enter a plea on one of the charges facing him.

At Tuesday’s preliminary hearing before Judge Ben McClelland of the Grand County Court, the 46-year-old Tabernash man pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree trespassing. This was part of a plea agreement worked out with the District Attorney’s Office.

In addition, Judge McClelland bound over the defendant on child pornography charges to the 14th Judicial District Court, also located in Hot Sulphur Springs. The Tabernash man’s first appearance before Judge Mary Hoak of the District Court will be on Jan. 10.

Sentencing on the second degree trespassing charge was also set for Jan. 10 in the County Court. The victim in the case will be allowed to address the court during those proceedings.

The Tabernash man has been incarcerated at the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs since his arrest Sept. 5 by Grand County Sheriff’s deputies. Seized under a search warrant of the man’s residence were two computers and 230 computer-printed images of “explicit sexual content” involving young girls, according to court documents.

What led to the man’s arrest on the original child pornography charge was information provided to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI allegedly identified the Tabernash man through his AOL Internet addresses as the sender and receiver of child pornography from two other suspects involved in child pornography cases.

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In having his case bound over to the District Court, the defendant will still be facing the original charge of “trafficking in child pornography” and the additional charge filed last month of “sexual exploitation of children ” sell or publish.”

Tuesday’s plea agreement was on the charges filed in late September by the DA’s office after the man’s arrest. Those charges included second degree burglary of a dwelling; stalking threat by following, approaching, contacting and placing under surveillance; stalking causing emotional distress; and theft under $100.

Those trespassing-burglary-stalking charges stemmed from an investigation by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office after deputies discovered a young girl’s panties at the Tabernash man’s residence during the Sept. 5 search.

Investigators claim the man allegedly stalked an ex-girlfriend for several months before breaking into her house to steal the panties belonging to her young daughter.

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