Prelim hearing set in Glenwood child porn case | PostIndependent.com

Prelim hearing set in Glenwood child porn case

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A convicted sex offender charged with sexually exploiting children received two additional charges Wednesday in Garfield County District Court.

Ninth Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Matt Barrett added two habitual criminal counts to the five felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child against Christopher Earl Carlyle, 33.

The two additional charges pertain to the sentencing of the case and expands the scope of sentencing since Carlyle has a previous sexual conviction.

In a move that surprised District Court Judge Daniel Petre, Carlyle’s attorney requested Wednesday to schedule a preliminary hearing in the case. Judge Petre said it was “unusual” to set a case for preliminary hearing at this point, but did so anyway. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9.

Carlyle was arrested outside of his workplace in Glenwood Springs on March 10 by Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s investigators allegedly discovered more than 1,000 sexually explicit photos of children on his employer’s computer. Deputies also allegedly found printouts and videos of the same material type at Carlyle’s residence in Glenwood Springs.

Carlyle was the focus of an investigation by the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conducted a background investigation into allegations of Carlyle visiting websites of sexually-explicit material.

That investigation stemmed from an audit of Carlyle’s work e-mail accounts by his employer’s Internet Service Provider, which noticed several hits on sites containing sexually explicit material.

He remains in custody without bond on a parole violation hold. He is reportedly on parole for a 2008 conviction of sexual crimes against a minor.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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