Former Aspen teacher faces sentencing |

Former Aspen teacher faces sentencing

ASPEN ” Former Aspen drama teacher Bradford Moore, 49, will be sentenced Monday on a single misdemeanor charge of possession or control of sexually exploitative material.

Moore, who taught in the Aspen School District for 11 years, pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 21. He was scheduled to stand trial Dec. 4 and had been accused of having more than 100 images of child pornography on his home computer.

Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols has agreed to recommend three years of probation without any time in jail for the offense, according to the plea deal, signed by Moore and Nichols in November.

The crime has a suggested jail sentence of six to 18 months and fines of $500 to $5,000. The felony Moore was first charged with, and which will now be dismissed as part of the plea deal, carried penalties of two to six years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000.

As part of the plea deal, Moore must register as a sex offender, though Nichols will not object if Moore petitions to be taken off the sex offender registry. If the probation department petitions for early termination of probation, Nichols will not object to that either.

The plea deal states that Pitkin County Social Services has determined it is in the best interest of Moore’s stepson to continue living with Moore. However, if Moore is required to participate in sex offense treatment as part of his sentence, the treatment provider will decide the level of Moore’s contact with his stepson.

The Department of Justice claims child pornography essentially was eradicated in the U.S. during the early 1980s, but the Internet has resulted in an “explosion” in the availability and accessibility of child pornography. The high number of illegal photos and videos available online has led to a higher number of convictions nationally on child pornography charges, though the new cases don’t have nearly the legal precedent of other crimes, so standards for sentencing in computer-based crimes still are being set.

“This resolution probably would have been appropriate even if he had gone to trial,” Nichols said following the November plea deal. “It was very fair.”

Moore, who still lives in the area and remains involved with Aspen Community Theatre, did not return phone messages seeking comment.

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