Glenwood man faces 3 counts of sexual exploitation of a child |

Glenwood man faces 3 counts of sexual exploitation of a child

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Michael Bruce Shaw

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs man arrested Saturday for alleged possession and distribution of child pornography appeared in district court in Glenwood Springs Monday.

Michael Bruce Shaw, 22, was formally charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child – possessing 20 or more items depicting child pornography, a class-four felony, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child – distribution, a class-three felony.

Shaw faces between two and six years separately for the first two counts, and up to 12 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines for the distribution charge. He also faces a mandatory parole of between three and five years, and would have to register as a sex offender if found guilty of any of the charges.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Denise Lynch raised Shaw’s bond from $10,000 to $50,000 at prosecutor John Pototsky’s request.

Pototsky said that, because of the serious nature of the allegations and because Shaw has failed to appear at five previous court dates dating back at least three years, the bond increase was warranted. Lynch agreed, and also ordered that Shaw, if bonded out, have no contact with people under the age of 18. He is also not allowed the use of the Internet.

Shaw, who appeared in shackles and handcuffs, apologized to his grandmother, who was present at Monday’s hearing. He also told Judge Lynch that he was throwing himself at the mercy of the court. He did ask for a bond reduction, but was denied.

Detectives from Garfield, Eagle and Park counties executed a search warrant at Shaw’s residence in Glenwood Springs on Thursday, March 25.

According to Pototsky, Shaw cooperated with detectives at that time.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Park County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation when a detective in Internet crimes against children observed several files being offered from a specific Internet Protocol, or IP, address in Glenwood Springs. From the IP address, the detective downloaded 25 images of sexually explicit material involving children under the age of 18 years old.

Investigators recovered a computer with at least 50 images of a similar nature, from the hard drive of a computer at the residence where Shaw was staying.

Shaw is due back in court in April.

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