Craig man charged with 40 felonies
September 9, 2010
At a glance
• A 29-year-old Craig man charged in Moffat County District Court with:
— Three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony.
— Four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony.
— Thirty-three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony.
— One count of indecent exposure, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
• Suspect currently in custody at the Moffat County Jail.
A 29-year-old Craig man has been charged in Moffat County District Court with 40 felonies including sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records.
The suspect, whose name is being withheld in accordance with newspaper policy to not name people accused of sexual-related offenses unless convicted, is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony; four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and 33 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony. He is also charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.
An arrest warrant for the man was issued June 25.
Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said the man was booked into Moffat County Jail on Aug. 28. He was arrested in Mesa County and later transferred to Moffat County, the sheriff said.
Charges were filed Aug. 26.
According to court records, the Craig Police Department began investigating the man in April after a report of alleged sexual abuse.
After interviewing witnesses, a warrant was issued April 8 to search the man's bedroom.
Police confiscated two laptops, two cell phones, 47 DVD/CDs, seven VHS tapes and a digital camera, according to records.
Thirteen of the DVD/CDs allegedly contained downloaded photos of young girls either barely clothed or nude, according to records.
A second search warrant was issued April 20 to search one of the laptops and one of the cell phones.
Numerous images and videos of underage girls were allegedly found on one of the laptops, according to records. The cell phone also allegedly contained images of girls, according to records.
On May 18, 72 additional images allegedly taken from the man's bedroom were brought to the police department. Thirty-eight of those images allegedly contained photos of underage girls.
Also according to records, the man has been involved in three previous reports involving underage girls.
He was issued a summons for third-degree trespassing for peeking into a 6-year-old girl's window.
The records also indicate at one time he also had a 14-year-old runaway girl and 15-year-old runaway girl staying at his residence.
Craig Police Department Commander Bill Leonard said the department is actively investigating the case and working with several other agencies.
The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case.