Crime: Theft, stalking added to child pornography charges for Tabernash man
The list of charges is growing against a local man who is already in jail on a charge of trafficking in child pornography.
In addition to the original child pornography charges, the 46-year-old Tabernash man was advised in Grand County Court last week that he is now facing charges of second degree burglary of a dwelling; stalking threat by following, approaching, contacting and placing under surveillance; stalking causing emotional distress; and theft under $100.
According to Grand County Sheriff’s investigator Leo Piechocki, the new charges stemmed from the discovery of a young girl’s panties found during a search of the man’s residence. Subsequent investigation discovered that the man allegedly stalked an ex-girlfriend for several months. He also allegedly broke into the woman’s house and stole the panties belonging to her young daughter.
The Tabernash man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 5, by Grand County Sheriff’s deputies at his Tabernash home. He has been held since that day in the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs.
The man’s arrest came after information was provided to the Grand County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 29 by the FBI. The FBI identified the Tabernash man through his AOL Internet addresses as the sender and the receiver of child pornography from two other suspects involved in child pornography cases in other parts of the country.
Piechocki, who was one of the arresting officers in the case, said that after the suspect was arrested and read his Miranda Rights, he admitted to trafficking in child pornography in the past but claimed he had not engaged in it for about a year. He also denied soliciting or actually engaging in any sexual activities involving children.
Two computers, 230 computer-printed images of “explicit sexual content” involving young girls and the young girl’s panties were seized under a search warrant of the man’s residence.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Department sent the suspect’s two computers to a forensic computer laboratory to extract further information about Internet sites he visited and the e-mails he sent and received. Further charges may be pending once the results of the forensic computer investigation are received.
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