Former Deputy To Be Sentenced For Child Exploitation

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email
A former Pueblo County deputy accused of leaving a thumb drive containing almost 7,000 pornographic images of children connected to a work computer will be sentenced Friday.

Raymond Gonzales

A former Pueblo County deputy accused of leaving a thumb drive containing almost 7,000 pornographic images of children connected to a work computer will be sentenced Friday.

Raymond Gonzales plead guilty in June to the crime of sexual exploitation of a child, a class 6 felony.

Court documents say that a sergeant working at the detention facility found the thumb drive on October 5 of last year, and while looking through it to see who it belonged to, found pictures that the Sheriff's Office called alarming.

When Gonzales was confronted, he reportedly claimed that the photos were part of a side business, in which he researches celebrities who claim no nude photos of themselves exists, and sells 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. This came during an interview on October 17.

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 claimed the only files he accessed from the drive were his work reports, school work, time sheets and a head count. According to the court documents, he also said that he should have deleted the images a long time ago.

When told that some of the images were found on a hard drive owned by the Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales reportedly said that he was shocked. According to the affidavit, he said he would never do that.

According to the affidavit, Gonzales also said during this interview that he’d downloaded these photos from his computer about four years ago. At that time, he said, he didn’t know they were illegal or questionable. Gonzales also reportedly said that after taking a class about computer crime, he’d stopped looking for pornography.

Then, on October 21, detectives met with Gonzales for a second interview. This time, the affidavit says, Gonazles explained that he’d reviewed and reread the statute and admitted it does apply to the pictures on his drive.

“As much as I hate to admit it and it disgusts me to admit it, but year, apparently it does fall under the statute,” he said. “It was wrong and against the law. I have no defense. It’s there in black and white.”

11 News will let you know as soon as his sentence is determined.

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  • by johnny Location: pueblo on Nov 14, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    You guys are all wrong, the person who wrote--youth pastors and such, please understand, sexual offends in most cases have to manufacture their victims. Hence, that is why you find them in positions with access yo children. Therefore, they are not ministers or teachers or even police--all they are, are imposter possing as priests, youth pastors, and yes, even police officers.Wa
  • by Roger Location: CS on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    @cop321. If you do care about people, you are one of about 10%. most cops dont care. I know, I know... You will defend them and say that most cops are good but really you know MOST of them are not good people. They cheat, lie and do harm to the people the should be helping. We know the truth, you are trying to hide an elephant behind a blade of grass. Think about it.. You know I am right.
  • by Purple Rain on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:25 PM
    How bout that? Am I right or am I right? haha
  • by nasty on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    Just another fat nasty pig!!!!! Lock him up!!!!
  • by pete Location: cspgs on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Always interesting to see the comments of moronic imbeciles like "Joe" and "Someone." Would also be interesting to see what their rap sheets look like, since "All cops are crooked........" Pretty stupid generalization when about 1% of the profession of law enforcement might be bad apples. It's the other 99% that arrest "Joe" and "Someone."
  • by Cop321 Location: Pueblo on Nov 6, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    I have seen there are bad people in every line of work. Just because of one criminal in the midst, doesn't mean all cops are bad. Try it some day. Knowing someone is a child molester and treating the with fairness just like someone who didn't pay a fine. I do this daily. Some can not handle the pressure, "TRUE". But some of us work day in and out missing time with our families to keep "YOU" safe. Please don't list us all in the same group. I personally don't care about PR. I care about people!!!
  • by Ed on Nov 5, 2011 at 11:29 PM
    As Officer Jack McLamb said, the bad cops move up in the ranks while the good cops stay where they are and serve as positive public relations for the departments. There could easily be a show about police corruption just as popular as COPS but that isn't very good PR is it? Guns and authority. Yeah, that attracts only the "good apples." Bad apples sounds more innocent that "criminals."
  • by Me Location: CO on Nov 5, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    Youth pastors, teachers, coaches, troop leaders, etc......we simply have to watch our kids. Pedophiles and molesters wear every hat ever invented. Shameful.
  • by Proud Cop's wife on Nov 5, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Don't group all cops into the same category. There are cop's that take their job serious,they are not all crooks, not liars or child molesters. Seriously there are bad apples in every profession.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 11:15 PM in reply to Proud Cop's wife
      But some professions have more than others.
  • by Someone Location: USA on Nov 5, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    @Joe, agreet with you 120%, Cops can't be trusted at all, ever. Most of them are crooks and not better than the folks they put behind bars! What a shame!
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