Denver man arrested in federal child porn case

DENVER - A Denver man facing child pornography charges was ordered held without bond after the court found he was a danger to the community. 

John Lee Mudgett, 67, of Denver, faces charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, United States Attorney John Walsh and Denver Division U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Adam P. Behnen announced on Tuesday. 

He was arrested without incident on June 4.

According to the federal affidavit, during an undercover investigation, it was determined that Mudgett had made 34 orders of child pornography via the internet, purchasing 70 items costing a total of $2,047.92. 

The orders were made between July 9, 2007 and April 1, 2011.  On June 4, 2014, Postal Inspectors and other law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Mudgett's residence. Inspectors also found a large cache of child pornography and child erotica during the search.

One of the two bedrooms in the home was set up as a home office. Both the bedroom and home office contained framed photographs of nude, prepubescent males and females hanging on the walls. In addition to the framed photographs, there were printouts of child pornography and child erotica in plain view. Some of the photographs contained visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Numerous pairs of boy’s underwear were also located in Mudgett’s home, along with a collection of newspaper articles that were about rape and/or the murder of children.

"The demand for child pornography facilitates sex crimes against children.  Protecting children from these egregious crimes is a high priority for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service," said Adam P. Behnen, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Denver.  "We continue to aggressively investigate, apprehend and assist in the prosecution of individuals who seek to exploit children via the U.S. Mail."

"The defendant faces serious charges related to the receipt and possession of child pornography,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  “There is some concern that Mudgett may have had inappropriate sexual contact with minors.  I want to encourage anyone who may have knowledge of this type of conduct to come forward and notify the U.S. Postal Inspection Service."

The number to call is 303-313-5345.

The case was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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