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Springs man accused of producing, distributing child porn

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:43:17 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 03:32:26 PM CDT
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DENVER -

A Colorado Springs man is facing charges of producing, possessing, and distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office.

Justin Craig Smith, 32, is accused of photographing himself sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child, and taken lascivious photos of another child, now 12, over a period of several years.

Smith is also accused of making his young victims watch videotapes of child pornography, and of sharing pornographic images on a peer-to-peer website.

A forensic analyst who evaluated Smith's computer says it contained one of the largest collections of toddler videos that the analyst has ever seen.

"Mr. Smith engaged in the sexual assault and exploitation of two young children to produce child pornography," said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  "This case should send a strong message to those who sexually prey on our children that they will get caught and they will be punished."

"Only those predators who produce child pornography really know what perverted logic they use to rationalize the horrific trauma they permanently inflict on innocent children," said Kumar C. Kibble, special agent in charge of HSI Denver.  "However, our special agents with Homeland Security Investigations derive great satisfaction from rescuing these children from their living nightmare, and pursuing prosecution against their victimizers."

Smith faces prison time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if he's convicted on all of the charges he's facing.

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