January 20, 2023
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
34-year-old male arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child
Investigation also resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old male out of New Jersey for Sexual Assault of a Child
Boulder County, Colo. - On January 20, 2023, Boulder Police Department arrested 34-year-old Jesse Charles Schwenk for sexual assault of a child, in addition to possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on a social messaging application. This is related to a warrant for his arrest out of Boulder County. Schwenk resides in the 4400 block of Broadway Street in the City of Boulder.
The investigation began after the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received information about the possession of CSAM from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). A search warrant was executed on January 5, 2023, at Schwenk’s residence where additional evidence was located.
While an examiner assigned to the Boulder County Digital Forensics Lab was analyzing data from devices recovered at Schwenk’s residence, messaging history was located involving a party out of New Jersey. This messaging history was as recent as the early morning hours on the day the search warrant was executed at Schwenk’s residence. This led investigators to contacting their ICAC associates with New Jersey State Police which led to a search warrant execution at a residence in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The search warrant was followed by the arrest of a 22-year-old male identified as Jabari Amador who had sexually assaulted a 3-year-old child in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and shared media content of some of these actions via a social messaging application. Due to the nature of the conversation history, Schwenk is also being charged with sexual assault of a child.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office houses the local members of Colorado ICAC task force, comprised of Boulder County Digital Forensics Lab investigators from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Longmont Department of Public Safety, Boulder Police Department and Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to other responsibilities, investigators assigned to the Boulder County Digital Forensics Lab are tasked with investigating child sexual exploitation cases and high technology crimes, plus digital forensics expertise and analysis on a wide range of cases.
Schwenk was booked into the Boulder County Jail and is being held on no bond for one count of §18-3-405, Sexual assault of a child (complicity), a Class 3 Felony, seven counts of §18-6-403(3)(b), Sexual exploitation of a child-possession with intent to distribute, a Class 3 Felony, and ten counts of §18-6-403(3)(b.5) Sexual exploitation of a child-possession, a Class 5 Felony.
The associated Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number is 23-00038 and the investigation is ongoing.
Agencies who assisted with this investigation include the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, Boulder Police Department, Longmont Department of Public Safety, New Jersey State Police, Phillipsburg Police Department and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), is a group of local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecutors located in and around the state of Colorado who are trained and dedicated to protecting children online by investigating and prosecuting crimes committed against children, facilitated by the internet, technology, and computer usage. Colorado ICAC is a member of the National ICAC Task Force.
If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited online, you can report it online (link is external) or by calling 1-800-THE-LOST.
As in every criminal case, these charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.
/s/Sergeant Jeff Pelletier