Local man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

Defendant to be sentenced next month; prison unlikely  but must register as offender

A local man will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty in March to a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child.
 
Casey Curtis Williams, 26, who lives in unincorporated Pitkin County, will have to register as a sex offender following his sentencing June 11 in Eagle County District Court, said Lisa Hunt, a deputy district attorney in the 5th Judicial District.
 
Williams, a former Aspen/Pitkin County Airport operations officer, pleaded guilty March 12 to having video or 20 or more images that constitute child pornography. That can bring a sentence ranging from probation to prison, Hunt said, adding that she expects him to receive a probationary term that mandates sex-offender treatment.
 
Williams also pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor. A felony charge of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute was dropped as part of a plea agreement.
 

Williams

The investigation into Williams began on June 28, when detective Kyle Hall of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office used a computer detection program called E-Phex, which automatically scans websites known to be broadcasting child pornography, according to an arrest warrant by Eagle County Detective Brian Hollenbaugh.
 
The program helped find an “internet protocol” (IP) address, later tied to Williams, that was being used for child pornography purposes. A detective used E-Phex to download a file that the IP address was making available.
 
Hall and Hollenbaugh executed a search warrant for Williams’ residence in July and seized his laptop computer. The laptop was sent to the Rocky Mountain Regional Forensic Laboratory for an analysis that showed 20 video files and 15 images of child pornography on the computer, the warrant says.
 
Eagle County authorities alerted their Pitkin County counterparts about the investigation, and it was decided Eagle County would handle the case because of the leg work they had already done.
 
Williams worked for the airport from April 2011 until his last day of Jan. 25 of this year, according to Pitkin County human resources records.
 
A human resources employee said she could not divulge if Williams resigned or was fired.

chad@aspendailynews.com