Bond set at $10K for man accused of distributing child porn

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— Bond was set at $10,000 Wednesday for a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man who Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigators think distributed child porn.

The man appeared before Routt County Judge James Garrecht with his attorney Adam Tucker via a video feed from the Routt County Jail.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today does not typically identify those accused of sex crimes until they have been convicted.

Tucker argued that a lower bond should be set because his client does not represent a flight risk. Tucker said his client chose not to flee even after law enforcement officers with the Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served a search warrant at the man’s home Oct. 29 at the Herbage Townhomes on Après Ski Way.

A judge signed an arrest warrant, and deputies took the man into custody Tuesday while he was attending class at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, Undersheriff Ray Birch said Wednesday.

The warrant lists two counts of exploitation of a child. One is a Class 4 felony, and the other is a Class 3 felony.

Assistant District Attorney Brett Barkey said charges have not been filed. He did not want to discuss details about the case because documents related to the case have been sealed by a judge.

Birch also was hesitant to provide details about the investigation, which he said was ongoing.

“He was found with known images of child pornography,” Birch said. “The part that is ongoing is our attempt to identify potential local victims and, with the assistance of the federal agencies, to attempt to identify and locate many other child victims in this case.”

He would not say whether local victims had been identified.

Birch said ICE agents approached the Sheriff’s Office about the investigation, but Birch would not say why ICE was conducting the investigation.

“We will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to help prevent these circumstances from occurring in our community.”

An ICE official did not immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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