Christopher Spitzer to be held without bond in federal child pornography case

Christopher Spitzer, who has been , will be held without bond after a judge deemed he was a risk to the community.

Spitzer, 41, was indicted April 17 on two charges of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to court documents.

He was arrested on April 19, and will now remain in custody after U.S. Judge Scott Varholak ruled at a detention hearing on April 24 that Spitzer would not be issued bond.

In the order, Varholak wrote that he was concerned that Spitzer‘s listed address of 2323 20th St. in Boulder is two blocks from Whittier Elementary School, and noted that police found a blueprint of that school in his home.

Varholak also wrote that the seriousness of the charges against Spitzer and the fact that he was convicted of similar violations in the past made him a safety risk.

“The court finds by clear and convincing evidence that there are no conditions or combination of conditions that the court could impose that would reasonably assure the safety of the community,” Varholak wrote.

Spitzer is set for a status conference on May 9. He is facing a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison on the distribution counts and up to 10 years in prison on the possession count.

The alleged crimes occurred in December, January and February, according to the indictment.

Spitzer was in this case, but those charges were dismissed with the filing of a federal case.

According to an arrest affidavit in the Boulder case, police were alerted when a child pornography investigation out of Jefferson County traced pornography downloads in January to an IP address listed to Spitzer‘s father, John Spitzer, the PLAN-Boulder County member and founder of the Whittier Neighborhood Association.

On Feb. 7, police officers served a search warrant at John Spitzer‘s home at 2323 20th St., where Christopher Spitzer also lives.

Police seized a laptop belonging to Christopher Spitzer and found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, with some of the children as young as 4 years old, according to police.

In an interview with a detective, Christopher Spitzer admitted to possessing the child pornography.

Spitzer was also arrested in a child pornography case in Gunnison in 2005. He pleaded guilty in that case to a misdemeanor charge of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of probation.

In late 2016, Spitzer applied to de-register from the sex-offender registry because he had been off of probation for five years and had not been arrested on any new charges in that time.

A judge granted the order on Dec. 20, 2016, according to court records.