Standoff Gunman's Past Includes Sex Charges

By: KKTV/AP Email
By: KKTV/AP Email

Air Force officials say 21-year-old Airman 1st Class Nico Cruz Santos was taken into custody at Schriever Air Force Base at about 8 p.m. Monday. They're still investigating how he managed to get his personal handgun into the base before barricading himself in a building for ten hours.

According to the Colorado Courts online database, Santos recently pleaded guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of a child, a felony. That was after a plea deal with prosecutors reduced the charges from internet luring of a child.

According to the Jefferson and Gilpin County DA's office, he was caught chatting online with underage girls and asking for nude photos of them. An affidavit obtained by KKTV 11 News says that he asked to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex, but that girl was actually a sergeant with the Gilpin County Sheriff's Office.

According to the document, Santos used a significant amount of explicit language and asked repeatedly for nude photos in the chatroom before planning to meet the girl.

After Santos was arrested, the affidavit says he waived his Miranda Rights and spoke with the sergeant who'd portrayed the teenage girl. When asked why he was asking an underage girl to meet for sex, he allegedly replied: "not thinking sir."

Santos also reportedly acknowledged asking for photos of the girl's private parts.

He's also quoted as saying, "I'm not thinking clearly. There's no excuse for my actions."

He's been out on $10,000 bond for almost a year and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 16. He could face up to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors say Santos is also being evaluated for intensive sex offender probation. That would include treatment, supervision and registration as a sex offender.

Santos has been in the Air Force for two years and nine months and is a member of the 50th Security Forces. He faces possible discipline or discharge over the felony.

Santos was barricaded inside the Deployment Processing Building for about ten hours Monday. That building was evacuated throughout the standoff, and no one was injured in the incident.

"We are grateful for all our first responders in their professionalism that was critical to the peaceful resolution of this situation," said Col. James P. Ross, 50th Space Wing commander.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Representative Sgt. Mike Schaller also says they provided a negotiator.

Santos is in confinement at the Teller County confinement facility and additional charges are expected to be filed against him.

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  • by JC Location: CS on Nov 23, 2011 at 02:34 AM
    HAHA what a dork, because he was going to get busted for trying to lure a 15 year old to sleep with him.... he takes a gun and makes a Spectacle... He should have just gone to Cedar Springs.... hahahahaha (pun intended). What a waste of tax dollars.. looks like ill see him on the sex offender list. Good Job Santos way to represent!!!
  • by anonymous Location: lulz boat on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM
    So I'm talking to this 13 year old girl online. She's fun, flirty, and sexy... Now she tells me she's an undercover cop. How cool is that at her age.
  • by Anonymous Location: Castle ROck on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    Good Call Kim, exactly. I posted a lengthy comment about the District Attorney and their injustices. With Liberty and Justice for all? Thanks District Attorney for ruining the pledge of Allegience. There is no equal justice. Age of consent laws in all other countries including England is around the age of 13. I wouldn't like someone stepping in on my 13 year old but that's why I have taught her right and we have very open discussions. They are gonna turn this guy into a criminal and then more wasted tax money. 15 is old enough to drive on the road to make life and death decisions then I would hope we would let her make choices about her own virginity. This didn't even turn out to be a 15 year-old girl. Just one entrapped man.
  • by Steve Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    Stick to the 18 year olds. It doesn't matter if you are 100, they can't touch you!
  • by JP Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    Let me get this straight. He was taken into custody at Schriever Air Force Base and he's now in confinement at the Teller County confinement facility. Aren't those two places a little far apart? Why is he not in confinement in the same County he committed the alleged crime?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    One where people are held to standards and if you want to call the suicide help line, you will get help in completing your task and rid tax payers the burden of giving you 3 hots and a cot for the rest of your life. If you don't like my comment, don't read it.
  • by X on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Since some of you have to be so "exact & insulting" - YOU might get the facts straight before putting down other people. I believe the story says, 15 year old girl!
  • by X on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Since some of you have to be so "exact & insulting" - YOU might get the facts straight before putting down other people. I believe the story says, 15 year old girl!
  • by Other guy Location: Texas on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Funny, all you people who jumped to defend him. Are your hearts still going out to this troubled young man now that you find out he's a pedophile?
  • by Greg Location: Castle Rock on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    Did you know the United States has the highest consent laws in the world? It was common practice for thousands of years for older men to be with girls as young as 12. I'm not saying everyone should go out and get a 12 year-old. Were talking about a 15 year-old girl (well, really a 40 year-old man, but he didn't know!)A Fully developed female. In England the age of consent is 12. They don't waste their time rounding up "DANGEROUS SEXUAL PREDATORS" who pray upon girls. GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK. This guy isn't a child molestor. 15 IS NOT A CHILD! THEY DRIVE ON OUR FREAKIN ROADS FOR GOD'S SAKE! Think about all the tax payer money this case wasted. The DA makes criminals out of otherwise good citizens. How is this guy supposed to get a decent job? He Won't, He'll be stealing from you! Look, I have daughters but to ruin someones life because they typed some words over the internet to a 15 year old girl is rediculous. USE MY TAX PAYER MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE. I feel like no aday I can't drive to the store without breaking some law. SO now tell me all you older men and ladies, have you never had the slightest sexual thought about a young female or male (possibly in their teens)? If you say NO, Your lying. Your thought could have bene construed as intent to commit a crime. Maybe we should arrest everyone! Be good mothers and fathers, teach your kids right from wrong. The only victim is this guy, unless that 40 year-old sheriff was really going to have sex with him.
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