Plea Hearing Postponed For Deputy Accused Of Having Child Porn

A former Pueblo County Sheriff

Raymond Gonzales

A former Pueblo County Sheriff's deputy accused of having child porn on his company computer will wait a little longer to make a plea deal.

Ray Gonzales, 50, was arrested in November of last year after court documents say he left a thumb drive containing almost 7,000 pornographic images plugged into a computer at the Pueblo County Jail, where he was employed.

Gonzales was scheduled to be in court Tuesday for a plea hearing, but his hearing has since been moved to June 6.

Documents say that a sergeant working at the detention facility found the thumb drive, and while looking through it to see who it belonged to, saw disturbing images.

Gonzales initially claimed that the photos were part of a business he does on the side: researching celebrities who claim that no nude photos of them exist, and selling the images if he finds them. But a detective recognized some of the images from past sexual exploitation of children cases, according to the arrest affidavit.

After that discovery, the arrest affidavit says Gonzales excused the images as having been inadvertently copied onto his drive while he transferred pictures from a vacation from an old computer. He said he later noticed not all the photos were from his vacation, but forgot to delete them.

A note in the affidavit says that the detective didn’t find any photos from the vacation, and found that only the files from the vacation had been deleted.

Gonzales is expected to make a plea deal.

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