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Glenwood man charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs man was arrested on 92 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, after authorities allegedly discovered more than 1,500 articles of child pornography on his computer.

Glenwood Springs police arrested Jose Luis Bravo-Arellanes, 27, on Aug. 12, a day after confiscating two computers from his residence. Police had searched Bravo-Arellanes’ residence, 1120 Sprucewood Lane in Glenwood Springs, in the River Meadows Trailer Park, a day earlier.

According to court records, district court magistrate Lain Leoniak approved a motion entered by 9th Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson on Aug. 26 to dismiss a previous case against Bravo-Arellanes. That case was filed in 2007 for sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust, a class III felony.

Beeson then formally charged Bravo-Arellanes with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The sex assault charge stems from the 2007 case for which Bravo-Arellanes was never arrested nor formally charged, according to court records. Authorities allege that Bravo-Arellanes sexually assaulted a 3-year-old boy on May 15, 2007.

Court records show that Glenwood Springs police were looking for Bravo-Arellanes since June 2007, when a first warrant was issued for his arrest for the sexual assault charge after the 3-year-old boy told authorities about what had happened. However, Police Chief Terry Wilson said that police were unable to track him down, and he was believed to have left Glenwood Springs. Bravo-Arellanes’ mother told police in June 2007 that her son had left the area, and he did not tell her where he was going.

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Bravo-Arellanes popped up on the police’s radar again on Aug. 6, 2009, after a Garfield County sheriff’s detective passed information to Glenwood police, which they had received from Denver police, regarding an investigation into alleged online distribution of child pornography.

According to an arrest affidavit, the sheriff’s detective received a letter from the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with a tip of the alleged distribution of child pornography.

The affidavit stated that the initial tip came on July 15, and was reported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The information was then relayed to the Denver Police Department because that was the location of the Internet Protocol, or the computer’s IP address, attached to the alleged child pornography.

The initial tip relayed information of an explicit video and digital photos of what appeared to be underage boys, that had been posted online. The affidavit states that police traced the IP address of the alleged online postings to be of a Denver-based Qwest account. That account was registered to Bravo-Arellanes’ Glenwood Springs address, the report stated.

On Aug. 11, investigators searched Bravo-Arellanes’ residence and confiscated a laptop computer, a single computer, a thumb drive used to hold computer memory, an SD card used to hold computer memory, a digital camera, and a VHS tape that appeared to be child pornography, which the affidavit states Bravo-Arellanes told investigators belonged to him.

“I believe these picture files to be child pornography involving the erotic nudity of children under the age of 18 years of age,” the investigator said in the report.

On Aug. 12, the affidavit stated, that Bravo-Arellanes was interviewed by police and that he told investigators that he “did in fact download child pornography to his computer and that he saved it there.”

“[Bravo-Arellanes] said that [he] searched and downloaded child pornography approximately once a week for the past four months,” the affidavit stated.

The affidavit also stated that, “Bravo-Arellanes stated that he would take responsibility for what he has done.”

Detectives copied 29 video files that contained between six- to 18-minute clips of child pornography, and 1,594 still images from the computer’s hard drive.

As of Thursday, Bravo-Arellanes remained in the Garfield County jail on $470,000 bond, according to court records.

jgardner@postindependent.com