GOLDEN, Colo. -- A college police officer has been arrested for charges of sexual exploitation of a child.
David Delaney, 28, had been with the Red Rocks Community Police Department, working as an officer for one year.
Detectives with the Golden Police Department say when the allegations came to light, he tried to flee the country to avoid prosecution.
Police say they found pornographic images of children on Delaney’s computer and thumb drives, and investigators are working to get access to his cellphone.
When police alerted his employer about the investigation, the college placed Delaney on administrative leave.
Federal investigators learned Delaney had made plans to fly out of Denver International Airport to Taiwan on Sunday.
Officers rushed to get a warrant and arrested Delaney just moments before he was about to board the plane.
“Our biggest concern was we don’t have an extradition treaty with Taiwan, the United States doesn’t so it doesn’t mean we can't get him back it just complicates things a great deal,” police Capt. Joe Harvey said.
Delaney was formally advised of his charges in court on Monday.
He bonded out of jail on Tuesday morning and is required to wear a GPS tracking device. He cannot have access to the internet and his passport has been suspended.
Detectives say pedophiles can easily hide their dark obsession and parents need to be vigilant about talking to their children.
“They blend in. They’re good at grooming their victims. They’re good at grooming the parents of the victims. They work normal jobs -- they can work next to you and you wouldn’t know it,” Harvey said.
“For parents they need to be upfront with who they’re putting in contact with their kids.”
Police are concerned there might be more victims and urge anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call 303-384-8034.
Delaney will be back in court on Friday.AlertMe