Former police officer accused of possessing child pornography due in court for preliminary hearing

DENVER - The veteran Denver police officer who resigned one day after being charged with the possession of child pornography is scheduled to be in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Timothy Joseph Kelley, 49, resigned from the Denver Police Department on May 30 -- the same day the 19-year veteran surrendered to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

During Monday's preliminary hearing, which begins at 2:30 p.m., the prosecution will present evidence to prove that a crime occurred and that the judge should send the case to trial. The affidavit for Kelley's arrest indicated that the evidence in the case includes internet records and pornographic videos involving children.

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.

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.

A search warrant later allowed the investigators to retrieve Comcast records that identified Kelley as the suspect.

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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