Loveland man charged with 14 counts of child exploitation, assault after pornography found

Posted at 6:37 AM, Nov 08, 2018

LOVELAND, Colo. — A Loveland man is accused of 14 counts of child exploitation and assault after authorities traced child pornography to his computer's I.P. address.

In August, the Loveland Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit started to investigate images of child pornography that were being traded online by a local Loveland I.P. address.

The cybercrimes unit learned that the images were originating from an apartment at 1 Aspen Drive in Loveland and the SWAT team served a search warrant on Sept. 5 at the address.

The investigation found that the resident of that address, Joshua A. Wadsworth, was connected to the transmission of the child pornography.

After a further investigation, authorities also found Wadsworth had allegedly sexually assaulted multiple children.

The Larimer County District Attorney’s Office had issued a warrant for his arrest Tuesday and Wadsworth was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday on the 200 block of E. 29th Street.

Wadsworth is being held at the Larimer County Jail on the following charges:

  • Seven counts of sexual exploitation of children (distribution)
  • Three counts of sexual exploitation of children (possession of movie files)
  • Two counts of sexual exploitation of children (possession of less than 20 image files)
  • Two counts of sexual assault on a child from a person in a position of trust and in a pattern of abuse

Anybody with additional information related to this case can contact Det. Brian Koopman at 970-962-2248.