Awaiting sentencing, New Castle man apparently kills himself |

Awaiting sentencing, New Castle man apparently kills himself

Staff report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – On the day he was to be sentenced for a child pornography conviction, a New Castle man apparently killed himself.

According to police, Frank Alameno, 60, shot himself on Thursday.

Alameno had owned a taxidermy shop in Rifle and faced child pornography charges after sheriff’s deputies said they found him with explicit images of children.

The 9th Judicial District had planned for a 20- day trial to try Alameno in Mid-September, but two weeks prior to the trial, Alameno accepted a plea agreement. He plead guilty to felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and sexual exploitation of a child. The remaining 41 counts against him were dropped as part of the deal.

Alameno was originally charged with 43 felonies including possession of child pornography, sexual assault on a child, and drug possession stemming from two separate cases dating back to March of 2006.

In March 2007, Alameno was arrested again and charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child less than 15-years old by a person in a position of trust, felonies; two counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, felonies; and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct. Those charges rose from allegations of two underage girls who told detectives that Alameno had touched them inappropriately while riding ATVs at his property, south of New Castle, in the summer of 2006.

As part of the plea deal, Alameno was to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.

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