Affidavit: Man brought child porn to police

William McGuire



A Grand Junction registered sex offender allegedly showed up at the lobby of the Grand Junction Police Department earlier this year and gave police a computer hard drive with multiple images of child pornography, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

William McGuire, 45, then asked police to return the equipment.

Police instead pursued an arrest warrant listing two counts of alleged sexual exploitation of a child. McGuire was arrested Wednesday, and District Attorney Pete Hautzinger on Thursday offered no objection to a personal-recognizance bond, noting in part McGuire’s cooperation.

Police opened an investigation in February after McGuire, accompanied by his sex-offender therapist, surrendered an assortment of computer equipment, according to the affidavit. The therapist explained she’d already had the computer examined by a private company.

“McGuire told (therapist) he had downloaded everything that was contained on the hard drive in his laptop from Internet, but he had not looked at all the images,” the affidavit said.

Police had the equipment examined by an agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who found 117 notable images, including “several” images of child pornography — at least one involving a suspected 5-year-old girl, the affidavit said.

Investigators also noted McGuire’s hard drive had a computer program installed which prevents certain computers from accessing it; the city of Grand Junction, Mesa County government and Mesa County social services had all been blocked.

While the Homeland Security agent wasn’t asked to examine the equipment until May 3, McGuire wasn’t formally interviewed by Grand Junction police until Aug. 5.

The affidavit said when “McGuire was told it was illegal to possess child porn,” McGuire allegedly responded, “Okay. Is there any way that those can be deleted off the computer and then I can get the hard drive back?”

During a bond hearing Thursday, McGuire’s mother told a judge her son has been in sex-offender therapy since October 2012, following his arrest in Canada.

An over-the-road trucker, McGuire was arrested at the Ontario border trying to cross into Canada while in possession of child pornography.

McGuire was jailed eight months in Canada, his mother told the judge.

While not under supervision in Colorado, McGuire is registered as a sex offender residing at 609 1/2 Grand Ave.


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