A Snowmass Village man was advised Wednesday that he faces a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child after he allegedly showed a coworker graphic images on his phone.
The investigation into Uny Nabua, 23, began in October when the defendant’s manager told Aspen police that Nabua allegedly showed another employee a video of a child performing a sexual act. The manager also said Nabua often stared at coworkers, making them uncomfortable, and attempted to touch another employee’s chest and groin, a police report says.
This alleged victim told a police officer that Nabua showed him pictures of naked men on his tablet or phone. He told Nabua that he was not gay and told him to stop touching him. The alleged interactions, including offers of massages, made the person feel humiliated and degraded, the report says. He said he thought, after repeatedly rebuffing him, that Nabua wanted to only be friends, but a few weeks later, at the alleged victim’s residence, the defendant allegedly showed him child pornography.
Questioned by Ritchie Zah, an Aspen police detective, on Nov. 29, Nabua allegedly said that he had touched his coworker’s bicep and abs, with the man’s permission, “to get inspiration to go to the gym,” the report says.
Nabua was charged last week with unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor.
Zah obtained a search warrant for Nabua’s phone and tablet, which were seized, and the case was transferred to the Snowmass Village Police Department because of where the felony allegation originated.
In his interview with Zah, Nabua indicated that he possibly used his phone and tablet to access child pornography, wrote Snowmass police officer Andrew Rushing.
The devices were given to Lee Damuth, the chief investigator of the district attorney’s office. He told Rushing there were thumbnail images and video he believed to be child pornography on the devices. Rushing wrote that there were 14 images and four videos of children engaged in sexually exploitative acts. They were allegedly stored on the phone’s microSD card.
In court, prosecutor Sarah Oszczakiewicz said authorities believe Nabua is from the Philippines and that while his record does not show any failures to appear for court, the defendant indicated he may simply return to the country. She asked for a $10,000 bond and that he surrender his passport as part of bond conditions.
Nabua said only that he was waiting for a case, apparently referring to his misdemeanor matter.
Judge Chris Seldin of Pitkin County District Court agreed to Oszczakiewicz’s recommendations, setting bond at $10,000 and ordering Nabua to surrender his passport to Snowmass police if he posts the bond. Nabua’s next court date is Dec. 18.