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Local pleads not guilty in porn case

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN Former drama teacher Bradford Moore pleaded not guilty Monday to possessing child pornography, some five months after he resigned from his Aspen School District job in the wake of the allegations. Moore, 49, who taught in the Aspen School District for 11 years, faces charges of felony possession of child pornography after turning himself in to police in November.Moore’s lawyer, Saskia Jordan, tried to have all evidence in the case thrown out because she said a search of his house was unconstitutional. But on Monday, 9th Judicial District Judge James Boyd found that the search was constitutional and denied Jordan’s motion to suppress evidence. Boyd had not finished the written ruling Monday but said it would be ready Tuesday. At issue in the motion were 100-plus images of child sexual exploitation a forensics laboratory reportedly found on Moore’s computer. Jordan argued that the search of Moore’s Aspen home in September was without probable cause and violated the Fourth Amendment. According to the search warrant affidavit, Aspen police school resource officer Brad Onsgard contacted Pitkin County investigator Bruce Benjamin on Sept. 13. The next day, investigators searched Moore’s house. There, they seized Moore’s homemade computer and sent it to the Rocky Mountain Computer Forensics Laboratory, which reported finding more than 100 images of child pornography.If convicted, Moore faces a possible prison sentence of two to six years and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. Moore also would have to register as a sex offender. Jordan and assistant district attorney Gail Nichols agreed that jury selection in the trial would take at least a full day; Boyd set a full week for the trial. The trial is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. All motions in the case must be filed by May 17, with a review of motions on May 21. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 20. Moore is currently free on bail.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com


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