GUNNISON, Colo. — A professor at Western State Colorado University was arrested on suspicion of Internet luring of a child and Internet sexual exploitation of a child on Wednesday morning, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.
Daniel Miles Cress, 53, was arrested by investigators with the district attorney’s office and officers from the Gunnison Police Department at his home in Gunnison.
On Feb. 3, an investigator with the DA’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations unit was contacted online by Cress. The investigator was online portraying himself as a girl younger than 15 years old.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the communication from Cress became sexually graphic. During the course of the investigation,
Cress and the undercover investigator engaged in numerous and repeated communications, including text, chat, telephone conversation and Web cam, much of which was sexually explicit.
Cress repeatedly asked the person, whom he believed to be a child younger than 15, to perform sexual acts. He also asked the purported teen to “sneak out” with him, the district attorney’s office said.
Cress was transported to the Jefferson County Jail on Wednesday morning and bond was set at $20,000.
If Cress does not post bond, his first court appearance will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Jefferson County Courthouse.