Arrested Clifton man enjoyed ‘hunt’ for child porn as much as viewing it

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(Credit: Mesa County Sheriff’s Office)

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — A man from a small town just outside Grand Junction is now facing 64 counts of internet sexual exploitation of a child after being arrested last Friday.

Ronald Kolpin, 63, was being held without bond in the Mesa County Detention Facility Tuesday morning, and could face up to 96 years in prison if convicted on all 64 counts.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s office was informed about Ronald Kolpin, 63, by law enforcement officers in Larimer County and Grand Junction, who tracked the transfer of child pornography to an IP address belonging to a computer at Kolpin’s residence in Clifton.

Kolpin cooperated when deputies arrived at his residence to serve a search warrant, directing them to a computer in his RV and telling them it contained child pornography, according to an arrest affidavit.

A deputy then asked Kolpin how long he had been viewing child pornography, to which the 63-year-old responded “on and off” for about 10 years, continuing to say he enjoyed “the hunt” for child pornography as much as viewing it.

When asked how old the girls in his pornographic collection were, Kolpin estimated they were 10 years old.

When a deputy suggested that watching child pornography might be re-victimizing the children involved in it, Kolpin said he agreed.

Investigators don’t believe nor have any indication or evidence that any of the pornography possessed by Kolpin features local children. However, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office urged residents who suspect child abuse to report it to local law enforcement.

 

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