Springs firefighter accused of being part of child porn ring

Photo courtesy: CSPD

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs firefighters is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

Arrest papers obtained by 11 News state 59-year-old Robert Patrick Stambaugh told authorities he had been engaged in "fantasy" talk online with others for about a year. According to the arrest papers the "fantasy" talk has included the uploading and downloading of images of children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts. He was allegedly a member of an online chat group where adults bragged about sexually preying on children according the the arrest affidavit.

Investigators examined the contents of a tablet Stambaugh reportedly identified as his own. On this tablet authorities saw "two videos of unknown prepubescent females without breast development or pubic hair engaged in sexual intercourse with unknown adult males."

Police announced the arrest of Stambaugh on Wednesday. He's being held with no bond.

Stambaugh has worked with the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1986 and is currently assigned as a firefighter and paramedic. According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department Stambaugh is not scheduled to return to work until Oct. 14, at which point he will be placed on “administrative leave with pay.”

Once the CSFD has had the opportunity to review the charging documents and police report the department has the option of placing Mr. Stambaugh on “administrative leave without pay.” His annual salary is $82,344.

"The United States of America is a society predicated on the rule of law, which applies to all citizens," Capt. Brian Vaughan with the fire department wrote in a press release. "The CSFD will fully cooperate with the Colorado Springs Police Department as they continue to investigate this matter."