Frank Alameno faces new charges
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A New Castle man charged with child pornography in September now faces eight additional charges including sexual exploitation of a child and inducing consumption of a controlled substance.Frank P. Alameno, 57, was arrested Sept. 13 after a member of his family reported finding child pornography and suspected methamphetamine and cocaine in his home.While the original charges are associated with Alameno allegedly viewing child pornography on the Internet, the newest charges appear to link him to the act of exploitation of a child to create and disseminate child pornography.In Alameno’s motions hearing in District Court Thursday, District Attorney Martin Beeson also described Alameno giving two children and his wife unlawful drugs while they slept. On March 29 Alameno was involved in an Internet “chat” with a person who told him how to ‘pill-drop,'” Beeson said. Apparently he carried out those instructions. While his wife and two children, who were in their home at the time, were asleep “he put his finger on their nose(s) and their mouth(s) opened.”District Court Judge Thomas Ossola interrupted Beeson at that point and would not let him finish his sentence, saying he would not allow Beeson to try the case in court that day.Alameno’s attorney, Lawson Wills, said the new charges were “fantasy.””They have taken Internet chat, which is fantasy and tried to make a case,” he said. “This is absolute garbage.”Wills also filed a motion to rescind part of a restraining order signed by Alameno’s wife Marianne Alameno on the day he was arrested, which restricted him from having contact with her in their home. On the order, which Marianne Alameno signed, were statements she allegedly made that Frank Alameno had threatened to kill her if she revealed he was doing drugs.The restraining order also included a statement, allegedly made by Marianne Alameno, that he told her “he would do like the guy in Granby and take everyone out,” a reference to a deranged man who drove an armored bulldozer down the main street of Granby several years ago destroying a number of businesses.Marianne Alameno testified in court Thursday that she did not make those statements and signed the restraining order believing it would only be in effect for seven days.She said she was in shock after police came into their home on Sept. 13 to arrest Frank Alameno while the couple were having dinner.”I was scared to death,” she said. “I was in a state of shock.”On cross-examination, Marianne Alameno told Beeson, “I didn’t read (it). I just signed it so I could get the hell out of there.”At one point during her testimony she said the statements on the restraining order were true then contradicted her statement and said they were not true. Beeson asked her, “You first said the document was true then you said it wasn’t true. Why (did you say that)?””I just want Frank back,” she said.Wills also argued that the couple continue to work together at their taxidermy and outfitting business in Rifle and there has been no trouble between them. Frank Alameno is now living in a fifth-wheel trailer while his wife remains in their home.”There have been no instances of violence in their nine-year history,” Wills said. “Mr. Alameno has a right to be innocent until proven guilty. He should be allowed to live his life” and be in his own home.Ossola sided with Beeson and rejected Wills motion to allow Frank Alameno back into his home saying an alleged victim and an alleged perpetrator should not be living together while the case is being tried.However, he questioned Beeson closely about the charges against Alameno, asking if there was an eyewitness to any of the criminal activity alleged in the 32 counts against him.Beeson said there were no eye witnesses. “Mrs. Alameno was asleep when the pill-drop occurred,” he said. “Do you have anything beyond his statement?” Ossola asked. “You can’t convict on a confession alone.”Beeson said the investigation was continuing. He also told the court that a forensic laboratory at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation had downloaded over 400 images of child pornography from Alameno’s computer and that more charges could be pending.A preliminary hearing for Alameno has been set for Dec. 1. Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is probable cause that a crime or crimes have been committed.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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