DENVER - A substitute teacher was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for child pornography offenses. The arrest was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette and ICE Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Copp.
Kyle Gregory Speed, 52, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on charges of transporting and possessing child pornography. Speed was arrested without incident by ICE agents and Colorado Springs Police Officers Tuesday.
According to the indictment, on July 2, 2008, Speed knowingly transported child pornography in interstate commerce, specifically two video files depicting children engaging in sexual intercourse. In addition, the indictment alleges that between July 1995 through Jan. 16, 2009, Speed knowingly possessed three different computers containing child pornography, which were transported in interstate commerce. Speed is also alleged to possess a 1GB flash drive containing child pornography.
"The U.S. attorney's office will continue to prosecute child predators, especially those who prey on their victims from a position of trust," said Gaouette.
"All children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of being sexually exploited," said Copp. "And children should never have to fear those who are supposed to protect them. ICE will relentlessly pursue anyone who sexually exploits our most vulnerable asset, our children."
Speed faces seven counts in the indictment. Counts one and two allege that he transported child pornography across state lines. If convicted, he faces not less than 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison, as well as a fine of $250,000 per count. Counts three through six allege that Speed possessed child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine per count. Count seven is an asset forfeiture count.
This case was investigated by ICE and the Colorado Springs Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. Speed is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Davies.
This operation was investigated as part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.