Charges stacking up against 39-year-old Craig man

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A 39-year-old Craig man in custody at Moffat County Jail on suspicion of sexual offenses against children faces new charges in Moffat County Court.

The suspect’s name is being withheld in accordance with newspaper policy not to release identities of suspected sexual offenders unless convicted.

The suspect was initially arrested in December 2011 following a joint investigation conducted by FBI and Craig Police Department investigators that allegedly yielded the recovery of several known child pornography images and videos from the defendant’s computer.

He is charged in that probe with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 3 felony, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child — video/20-plus items, a Class 4 felony.

In March, following the collection of forensic evidence from the defendant’s computer, a new case and a second set of charges were filed in Moffat County Court.

According to the new charges, between March and December 2011 the suspect allegedly tried to persuade an unnamed source to commit aggravated incest with the intent to distribute images of the crime.

He was subsequently arrested and charged on suspicion of solicitation to commit aggravated incest, solicitation to commit sexual exploitation of children, and solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, all Class 4 felonies.

On Tuesday, the suspect appeared in Moffat County Court before Judge Mary Lynn James for a review hearing on both cases.

But the suspect, through his public defender Heidi Taylor, decided to forego the review hearing process and opted instead to have the case bound over to Moffat County District Court.

Taylor was successful in softening the terms of a protection order against her client.

Since he was arrested, the suspect has been barred from visitations from anyone younger than 18, including his infant son.

Despite objections by prosecutor Han Ng, of the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the suspect may now see his son while incarcerated at the jail.

The suspect’s next scheduled appearance will take place at 1:30 p.m. May 29 before Judge Michael O’Hara in district court.

In addition to the two cases and seven felony charges pending in Moffat County, the suspect is also involved in a Fremont County case where he faces two counts of sexual assault on a child from a person in a position of trust — victim under 15, and two counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, all Class 3 felonies.

The suspect appeared April 25 in Fremont County Court for a review hearing.

The Fremont County case has not been bound over to district court.

“I believe everything in Fremont County is on hold until we have a resolution to these two cases here,” Ng said.

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