A school district 11 substitute teacher has been indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts involving child pornography on his home computer.
Kyle Gregory Speed, age 52, of Colorado Springs is charged for the alleged transportation and possession of child porn. A federal grand jury passed down the charges last week. Speed was in court Tuesday to learn of the charges against him.
Speed was arrested as part of an investigation between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Colorado Springs Police.
Speed is scheduled to appear next in court on Friday, July 31, for arraignment and a detention hearing.
Speed worked as a substitute teacher with D-11 from 1996 until he was arrested back in January.
When he was arrested, the school district told 11 News that they did perform a background check on Speed, and nothing raised a red flag, barring him from being employed.
Below is a statement released by the Colorado State Attorney's Office:
According to the indictment, on July 2, 2008, the defendant, Kyle Gregory Speed, knowingly transported in interstate commerce by any means, including a computer, child pornography, namely two video files depicting children engaging in sexual intercourse. In addition, the indictment alleges that between July 1995 through January 16, 2009, Speed knowingly possessed at various dates and times three different computers containing child pornography, which was transported in interstate commerce. Speed is also alleged to possess a 1 GB thumb drive containing child pornography. Upon conviction, the defendant faces asset forfeiture, including the forfeiture of any property used in the commission of the crime, proceeds derived from the crime, and the actual images of child pornography.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute child predators, especially those who prey on their victims from a position of trust,” said Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette.
“All children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of being sexually exploited,” said Jeffrey Copp, Special Agent in Charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Denver. “And children should never have to fear those who are supposed to protect them. ICE will relentlessly pursue anyone who sexually exploits our most vulnerable asset, our children,” Copp said.
Speed faces seven counts in the indictment. Counts 1 and 2 alleged that he transported child pornography across state lines. If convicted, he faces not less than 5 years, and up to 20 years in federal prison, as well as a fine of $250,000 per count. Counts 3 through 6 alleged that Speed possessed child pornography. If convicted on those counts, he faces not more than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine per count. In addition, Count 7 is the asset forfeiture count.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Colorado Springs Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit..
These charges contained in the indictment are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case was brought 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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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, you can click on the link below.