New Castle man, 57, arrested on child pornography, drug charges
A New Castle man has been charged with child pornography after sheriff’s deputies searched his residence and found explicit computer images involving sexual acts with pre-pubescent children.Frank P. Alameno, 57, of New Castle, was arrested in Rifle on Sept. 13 after a member of his family reported finding child pornography and suspected methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia in the home.Alameno has been charged with sexual exploitation of children, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, obscenity and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has posted a $100,000 bond.
The crime appears to be Internet-based and no physical contact occurred “that we know of” and did not involve local children, said Detective Don Breier with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating the case. “It’s always in the forefront of our minds.”The Garfield County All Hazards Response Team and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, along with the sheriff’s office, were also involved with searching the suspect’s home. A computer and other material were seized from the home. Breier would not elaborate on what evidence besides the computer was collected because the investigation is still under way.
Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said he’s seen a couple child pornography cases in the area. “We do come across it, but not a lot,” he said.”I’m hoping it’s not a trend,” Breier said, and noted that child pornography is on the rise nationwide.Alameno will appear in court to hear the charges against him on Sept. 27.
Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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