Men accused of making "sexual" tapes
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL ” Two men have been accused of making two video tapes of juveniles that were “sexual in nature,” the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.
The arrest came after sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a “suspicious bag” that was found in a Dumpster at River Run Apartments in Eagle-Vail Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Charles Allen Ross, 37, of Avon, was found to have owned the blue duffel bag that contained several credit cards, identifications and a court document that had Ross’ name on it, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Ross was arrested Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“Further investigation confirmed Ross to be the owner of the bag, and that he had created two video tapes, sexual in nature, of juveniles,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, declined to say what “sexual in nature” meant because juveniles were involved. Nor did she say how the Sheriff’s Office knew that Ross had filmed the videos.
Cordingly also did not say where in Eagle County the tapes were made or where they were found.
“We’re not going to release that specific of a detail yet, because we’re still investigating the incident,” said Cordingly, adding that the juveniles had been willing to take part in the videos, she said.
Ross was arrested in Avon on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child, 18 felony counts of identity theft, 18 misdemeanor counts of theft by receiving, felony criminal possession of a financial device and four outstanding arrest warrants, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Three of those warrants were for failing to appear and the other was for contempt of court, Cordingly said. Cordingly declined comment on the identity theft charges, citing an ongoing investigation.
Jessie Medina Jr., 24, of Gypsum, helped Ross film the juveniles and was arrested in Vail on suspicion of felony sexual exploitation of a child, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Medina and Ross did not have attorneys Tuesday, authorities said.
Ross and Medina are being held in Eagle County jail on $87,037 and $25,000 bonds, respectively, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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