Child porn leads to arrest

Newest charges stem from 2005 sexual assault charges

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— A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of sexually exploiting children after police reportedly found child pornography on the man's computer.

Steamboat Springs police Det. Dave Kleiber said police officers arrested Anthony Louis Carlson at his home. Carlson's computer was seized last summer during an investigation prompted by allegations that Carlson sexually assaulted a child.

The sexual assault charges were dismissed in June as part of a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office. Carlson pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in Routt County and is scheduled for sentencing July 28.

Kleiber said Colorado Bur--eau of Investigation recently completed the search of Carlson's computer, prompting his arrest.

During a hearing Friday, Judge James Garrecht told Carlson he is facing misdemeanor charges of unlawful sexual exploitation of a child, and set his bond at $1,500.

The man's attorney, Larry Combs, asked Garrecht for a personal recognizance bond because Carlson is facing sentencing in his other case and is not likely to leave the area.

Deputy District Attorney Jay Cranmer told Garrecht that a $10,000 bond would be more appropriate based on Carlson's criminal history.

A $1,500 bond is standard for a Class 1 misdemeanor Garrecht told the court.

Combs told Garrecht he hopes to have Carlson's new case resolved before he faces sentencing July 28. Carlson could face more severe charges if investigators find that Carlson distributed the alleged child pornography, Cranmer said.

Carlson is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 9 a.m. July 26 on the child pornography charges and then will face sentencing in the failing to register as a sex offender case July 28.

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