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Suspect in child porn case faces additional charge

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Already facing charges of trafficking in child pornography and other offenses, a local man has now been slapped with one additional charge.

Last Friday, the charge of the “sexual exploitation of children ” sell or publish” was added to the man’s list of charges. It was filed in the Grand County Court by the district attorney’s office.

Manacled and wearing an orange jumpsuit from the Grand County Jail, the 46-year-old Tabernash man appeared before Judge Ben McClelland in the Grand County Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing on his original charge. Also present was his new defense attorney Jeffrey Herren, who asked the judge for more time to study the new charge as well as the other charges that his client is facing.

Judge McClelland set Dec. 18 as the Tabernash man’s next appearance in his courtroom. That hearing will be on the charges filed against him as well as a request for a bond reduction.

The Tabernash man has been incarcerated at the 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.

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 said it had allegedly 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 late September, the DA’s office filed several additional charges against the Tabernash man. These new 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 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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