Boulder man accused of child exploitative materials denied bond reduction

Aug. 18—A man accused of having child exploitative materials as well as having ties to a child sex assault suspect out of state was denied a bond reduction in an arraignment Friday afternoon.

Jesse Charles Schwenk, 34, appeared in court Friday virtually from the Boulder County Jail.

Schwenk was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child — complicity, seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child — possession with intent to distribute, and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child — possession.

Schwenk's bond was initially set at $250,000, but was later reduced to $150,000 with a $15,000 cash option in June.

Public defender Lauren Bennett argued that based on the success Schwenk had displayed with various programs during time in jail along with no prior criminal history, he should be granted a personal recognizance bond or a significant bond reduction.

"The goal of bond is not to hold someone in custody pre-trial but rather balance community safety and risk of a failure to appear," Bennett said in court Friday.

But Boulder County Deputy District Attorney M. Breck Roesch argued that bond should remain at $150,000 based on the nature of the charges and the "significant community safety risks."

"We see this as very much more than just a possession of sexually exploitative materials," Roesch said.

Boulder District Judge Nancy Salomone denied the bond reduction request..

"I acknowledge that keeping a person in custody especially with no offer on the table is really significant but I can't reduce the bond based on the community safety risks that I see here," Salomone said.

Schwenk's had a new arraignment date set for Oct. 3.