Springs child rape suspect arrested years after first tip faces new charges, heads to trial on 24 counts

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A judge ruled there is enough probable cause for Joseph Davis to go to trial on 24 counts, surrounding five victims.

Joseph Davis, photo from CSPD

The lead detective testified that during their search of Davis’ home they found what seemed like trophies in his bedroom: laminated photos of child pornography on his walls, with a name on the back of each picture.

They've identified 12 of the victims, but they still do not know the names of a dozen others.


UPDATE (3/22):
The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office has added filed more charges against Joseph Davis. Many include sexual exploitation of a Child. He faces 24 charges total. It's unclear how many victims those charges might be connected to.

Davis will have another preliminary hearing on April 22, surrounding the new charges.

PREVIOUS (2/5) An investigation is underway for a man accused of sex crimes against children, allegedly taking place for more than three decades. During an 11 News investigation, we learned a tip against the suspect came in almost nine years ago and flew under the police department's radar.

After 11 News started asking questions, CSPD said they are doing an internal review of the case dating back to 2010. 11 News also learned on Monday his adult son was arrested in connection to his father's alleged crimes. His son has since bonded out of jail and is facing charges of accessory and tampering with evidence.

11 News uncovered the suspect in the case, Joseph Davis, served prison time in the 70s and 80s for sex crimes against children.

Colorado Springs police publicly announced the arrest of 67-year-old Davis on Wednesday. Authorities were called to an address in the 900 block of East Fountain Boulevard on Dec. 12 for a sexual assault case. The neighborhood is just southwest of Memorial Park. Dec. 12 is when police say they started their investigation into Davis.

This wasn't the first time authorities were alerted about the alleged criminal activity. About nine years ago, there were claims Davis had raped a different child, according to arrest papers obtained by 11 News. That case is still open. In May of 2018, inappropriate pictures of kids were reportedly seen on the suspect's Instagram account.

11 News reporter Jessica Leicht asked police spokesperson Lt. Howard Black if this suspect fell through the cracks all these years. He said he was looking into it.

"I was flabbergasted, I had no idea," said Jason Mcaden, a neighbor of Davis'. "I was curious where he lived at."

The latest allegations had been made against Davis claiming he initiated sexual contact with a child. Police say probable cause was established for the arrest on Dec. 18 for sexual assault on a child. Davis was in custody as of Wednesday.

During the course of the investigation, detectives found evidence that indicated ongoing sexual abuse of other children and the production of child pornography going back at least 35 years.

Police say Davis lived near a school, community center and park. To date, detectives have contacted and interviewed a number of witnesses and potential victims. Detectives are still interested in speaking with others who may have had contact with Davis at or near his residence.

Arrest papers go on to state Davis sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy at his home multiple times. The young victim reportedly told police Davis also showed him nude pictures of other children. That child said Davis would claim to be the "son of God," and knew when everyone dies. The victim also said Davis threatened to kill his mom.

11 News stopped by the home of Davis to see if they had a comment on the case. His family declined to talk about the charges.

As of Wednesday, Davis was being held in jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

If you have any information on this case, please call 719-444-7000.