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Springs man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Posted at 8:16 PM, Jul 22, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — Charles Portis pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts related to a child pornography case involving his stepfather.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of explicit material involving children and one count of sexual exploitation of a child by a person in a position of trust. He'll remain out on bond until October 15th, when he'll appear for sentencing.

Portis was arrested shortly after his stepfather, Joseph Davis, was arrested for sexual assault on a child last December. Portis was arrested in February after police searched Davis' home in the 900 block of Fountain Blvd., where Portis also lived.

In that home, police said they discovered evidence indicating ongoing sexual abuse of other children and the production of child pornography stretching back at least 35 years.

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Police also reviewed recordings of three jail visitations between Portis and Davis. Police said during those visitations, Portis read a copy of the search warrant aloud and “laughed and said ‘a lot of stuff they didn’t find.'”

Portis told Davis that “‘he has the folder with the pictures’ and said the cops didn’t find that.”

The arrest affidavit also said Portis talked to Davis about some other pictures. Davis said he “wasn’t worried” about them because one of the subjects in those pictures weren’t naked. The affidavit also read “he also wasn’t worried about the grandkids and asked Charles (Portis) if he understood what he said.”

Portis' open sentencing could result in parole, community correctons, or prison.