A Parker man was found guilty May 10 of 36 felonies related to possessing child pornography, according to a release sent from the 18th Judicial District.
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John Arthur Murray, 36, amassed more than 400 “images of interest,” according to the release, including 35 images depicting children previously identified as being victims of child pornography by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Murray was found guilty of 35 counts of sexual exploitation of a child/possession of materials, a Class 5 felony, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child/possession of 20-plus items, a Class 4 felony. He was convicted by a Douglas County jury. He has not been sentenced yet.
Murray, a father of two young girls, had collected the images between September 2009 to November 2017, according to the release. His now-ex-wife discovered the images while trying to download family photos from his computer’s hard drive. She contacted Parker Police, who, in conjunction with Arapahoe County Computer Crime Lab, conducted the investigation. The images were of girls between the ages of 13-15.
“For most men, becoming a dad creates an awareness of the innocence and vulnerability of all children and the solemn obligation to protect them. But not here. Murray invited hundreds of images of children being exploited into the house where his own children slept, and in so doing, he continued to fuel the demand for child pornography,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “Coloradans should know that our weak laws make this depravity punishable by as little as probation. Our communities deserve better, to ensure child-porn aficionados will be punished appropriately.”
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