Veteran Denver police officer, Tim Kelley, charged with child porn possession; resigns next day

DENVER - A veteran Denver police officer has resigned after being charged with felony possession of child pornography.

Timothy Joseph Kelley, 49, resigned from the Denver Police Department on Friday -- the same day the 19-year veteran surrendered to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

The day before he resigned, Kelley was charged in an arrest warrant with one count of sexual exploitation of a child for allegedly possessing several graphic child pornography videos, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia.

Kelley worked for years in the Denver police crime lab and was lately assigned as a patrolman in District 5.

Kelley is free on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Adams County court in July.

The affidavit alleges Kelley's online sharing of child pornography videos was committed between Nov. 17, 2013, and Jan. 6, 2014, from an Internet account at his Westminster condominium on West 112th Avenue.

The investigation began on Jan. 6 when a Douglas County sheriff's detective conducting an online investigation downloaded child pornography videos using a file sharing program from an unknown user's Comcast Internet account. Using a search warrant, the detective obtained Comcast records that identified the suspect as Kelley, the arrest affidavit stated.

On Jan. 23, the sheriff's detective began a joint investigation with a detective for the Westminster Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit. The detectives learned the suspect computer's owner was using the online nickname "anon_62f50f7b@Ares" in chats with other file-sharing users.

The detectives found two of the videos they had downloaded from the suspect's Internet address showed adult males having sex with prepubescent boys, according to the arrest affidavit. One video title described a man having sex with an 8-year-old boy.

On May 23, Westminster police went to Kelley's condo to execute a search warrant. Kelley arrived home as the warrant was being served.

A detective read Kelley his Miranda rights to remain silent and to be represented by an attorney. Kelley said there was "no reason for me to talk to you right now," but he added that he wanted to be cooperative, the affidavit said.

Police seized several electronic devices from the condo, including an HP mini-laptop found in the master bedroom.

On the computer, investigators found at least seven complete videos, one partial video and one image that "appear to contain sexually exploitive material," the affidavit said. Five video files showed prepubescent boys and girls "engaging in sexual acts with each other and with adults," the affidavit stated.

The affidavit states that 160 of the files on Kelley's computer "contained identified victims of sexual exploitation" found on a database at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

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