A local Colorado Springs man recently admitted to the “sexual exploitation of children.” This sex crime is a federal offense.
News sources indicate that a pornography investigation on the international level ultimately led FBI agents to the suspect. A grand jury indicted the man in 2013, and he pleaded guilty in January 2014 to the sexual exploitation of children.
Pursuant to the investigation, FBI agents took the time to review and inspect the suspect’s computer. In doing so, they uncovered 1,600 images of child pornography, including those depicting toddler and prepubescent females. Another 4,000 sexual images were uncovered on the man’s hard drive.
According to agents, the man utilized a Russian-based webpage to download child pornography in the form of pictures and movies. The man also used the Internet to meet other pornography users. Moreover, the Colorado native purportedly uploaded pictures on his website for others to view.
Agents note that the defendant has a history of sex crime offenses. For example, in 2012, the man assaulted three young girls during the summer. He pleaded guilty to sexual molestation charges and was sentenced to several years in prison. With the pending matter, the man faces anywhere from 15 to 30 years behind bars.
If you have been charged with a sex offense in Colorado, you might be under the microscope. Specifically, authorities will want to question you, look at your home and investigate your property.
If you believe that law enforcement has their eye on you, it helps to retain the assistance of a criminal law defense lawyer. Sex crimes come with stigma and other serious repercussions. Many offenders are exiled from their communities. Moreover, it is difficult to retain employment as a convicted person. In the end, you can lose your job, your friends and even your family.
However, just because you under investigation, it does not mean you are guilty of the crime. At times, even the most experienced members of law enforcement can overlook important investigative details. Moreover, these acts of oversight can lead to a wrongful conviction. The good news is that an experienced legal professional can help you assert your rights.
If you want to learn more about your case and have questions about the pending charges, speak to a qualified criminal defense attorney in the area. A lawyer familiar with relevant sex crime laws can aid you in addressing the matter.