Man convicted of child-porn charges

Federal, local agencies join forces in case

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A Highlands Ranch man was convicted in Douglas County District Court on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child for possession of child pornography.

Wilmer Hau Sosa, an 18-year-old high school student at the time of his 2011 arrest, was found guilty July 24 of possessing images and videos of children elementary school-aged and younger engaging in sexual acts.

The case against Hau Sosa was built by Detective Shawn Cronce of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit and FBI Examiner Jim Stevens of the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Christopher Gallo and Deputy DA Chris Wilcox of the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“The success of this prosecution is in large part the result of the efforts of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, two hard-core prosecutors and the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Lab,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “One of only 16 RCFLs in the country, the expert testimony, photographic exhibits and digital analysis provided by their examiners proved compelling.

“Our community is lucky to have the technological expertise and firepower of the RCFL to identify and hold accountable those who would victimize our children using computers, cell phones and digital cameras.”

Hau Sosa will be sentenced Sept. 27 by Judge Richard Caschette. He faces a minimum of probation and a maximum of six years in prison on each count.

“I am extremely pleased with this conviction and the fact that Douglas County residents have a law enforcement team that seeks out those that participate with the heinous act of sharing, distributing or viewing these types of images that are crimes against children,” said Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver.

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