Ruling on man facing child-porn, drug charges could take weeks | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Ruling on man facing child-porn, drug charges could take weeks

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS A written ruling is awaited regarding dismissal of some charges in one of two cases accusing Frank Paul Alameno of child pornography and inappropriate sexual contact with young girls.Judge Denise Lynch estimated that the ruling on this part of the cases might take two or three weeks. She said she would need the time given the seriousness of the case.Alameno, who lives between Silt and New Castle, and operates a Rifle taxidermy business, is accused of more than 30 crimes, the most serious of which are sexual exploitation of a child and sexual assault on a child younger than 15 years old. The case is related to drug possession and use, possession of child pornography, and allegedly drugging two young girls and broadcasting inappropriate photos of at least one of them on the Internet. Another case filed separately accuses Alameno of six additional charges related to an incident where girls aged 10 and 13 said they were inappropriately touched while riding ATVs at Alameno’s property last summer.According to District Attorney Martin Beeson, a March 2006 Internet chat log is Alameno’s confession to the crimes – that Alameno drugged two girls with Percocet or Valium while they slept, then broadcast inappropriate pictures of at least one of them to someone on the Internet via a Web camera. In the chat, Alameno describes this activity to a chat partner. There are gaps of time of up to 15 minutes between responses during which Alameno told his chat partner to wait. This means Alameno was actually performing these activities, Beeson argued, because in fantasy chats Alameno conducted there were no such time gaps.Beeson said a seized video of Alameno hosting a “bestiality party” confirms the chats are accurate because Alameno mentioned the video in a chat.Alameno’s attorney, Lawson Wills, argued that the Internet chats are fantasy and only the mother’s speculation supports the charges. He said Beeson is trying to draw focus to the immorality of acts that aren’t illegal. He called the alleged victims’ mother to the witness stand, and she admitted that there was an inconsistency between her testimony in a previous hearing and her earlier statement to a detective. The woman said it was not a lie because her understanding was that “the only reason we were in court” that day was for the “pill-dropping” aspect of the case, not to discuss any possible sexual contact. She said she was not aware of any accusations of inappropriate contact between Alameno and her daughters, despite making those accusations to a detective 22 days earlier, Wills said. The inconsistency was a factor in a motion to dismiss charges.It’s easy for the woman to get on the witness stand and say she did not commit perjury, Wills said, but “you can’t read that transcript any other way. … She lied to you.”He said law enforcement had yet to find proof of any image transfers over the Internet, and that Beeson’s argument didn’t stand because there are as many or more false details in the Internet chats as there are accurate details. Wills argued that the prosecution couldn’t place Alameno at the computer, saying it was located in an unlocked office where others were regularly around. He also said the girls’ mother couldn’t even place them with Alameno during the alleged “pill-dropping” incident.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User