Alamosa Police Officer Brian Rod Desizlets is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, and promotion of obscenity to a minor.
Authorities say the investigation began when a mother in Pennsylvania found sexually-explicit photos on her 15-year-old daughter's computer. Pennsylvania authorities contacted the Colorado Springs Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, after finding the source of the e-mails was a man from Alamosa, Colorado.
Authorities say the 15-year-old girl thought she was talking to a 17-year-old boy, meeting in a chat room last summer. Desizlets is 27 years old. The investigation found sexually-explicit photos and e-mails from both the victim and accused.
Desizlets turned himself into authorities after learning of the investigation.
Colorado Springs Police Detective Brian Steckler says, "We see people involved in targeting kids from all walks of life, all professions, all educational levels, all races. There really isn't anything we haven't seen in our investigations."
Alamosa City Manager Michael Hackett says Desizlets is on administrative leave, adding, "We have to protect his rights as an individual personnel matter as well as our own risk here." Hackett says the city plans a separate investigation, but hasn't decided if it will be conducted internally or by another entity.
The 27-year-old has been with the Alamosa Police Department for about two years.