Brothers had thousands of child-pornography files, officer says

Timothy Alberts was previously convicted of child sexual assault in Boulder County

Posted 6/21/18

On a large-screen TV, images of children engaged in sexual acts with children and adults cycled on a screensaver in a bedroom in Englewood, according to Englewood police. That's what led officers to …

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Brothers had thousands of child-pornography files, officer says

Timothy Alberts was previously convicted of child sexual assault in Boulder County

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On a large-screen TV, images of children engaged in sexual acts with children and adults cycled on a screensaver in a bedroom in Englewood, according to Englewood police.
 
That's what led officers to uncover what they said are more than 100,000 items of child pornography on discs and computer files belonging to brothers Timothy and Daniel Alberts.
 
Timothy Alberts, who appeared at a preliminary hearing June 20 in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, was jailed along with his brother on charges of sexual exploitation of a child.
 
In a preliminary hearing, a court decides whether there is enough evidence to take the case to trial — it doesn't decide whether a suspect is guilty.
 
Detective Brian Taylor of Englewood police testified as the only witness in the hearing and described the Alberts' residence at 3951 S. Washington St. as infested with vermin and containing around 20,000 files of child pornography.
 
“The smell was unbelievable,” Taylor said, with “feces, rats, mice, maggots, flies all there in the doorway.
 
“So dirty you couldn't tell if you were standing on a dirt floor,” Taylor added.
 
According to police, a report of a woman screaming eventually led Englewood officers to the home at about 7 a.m. April 14. A 32-year-old woman told officers she had been contacted by another woman, 39, who had blood on her arm and who had run back to that address.
 
The second woman said she had been assaulted and had locked the suspects up in a shed for police to contact. In the backyard of the house, officers found a padlocked shed, forced their way in and found three men living inside.
 
The three men found in the shed were not the Alberts brothers or their father, said Scot Allen, spokesman for Englewood police, in April. The 39-year-old woman was not locked in the shed, Allen said. Police investigated but determined there was no assault, Chad Read, another police spokesman, said June 20 by phone.
 
Officers contacted Timothy Alberts, 62, inside the residence and Daniel Alberts, 65, outside it. Also inside the residence was their father, 91-year-old Gerald Alberts. The Englewood Building Division condemned the residence, which officers believed was uninhabitable. Alberts' home sits half a block away from The Englewood Campus, which houses Englewood High School and the district's two middle schools.
 
Police had executed a search warrant on the house on April 14 and 15. At the June hearing, Taylor said images seen on Alberts' equipment showed children engaged in sexual acts with children and adults.
 
A framework of a computer tower and hard drives, along with several dozen CDs and DVDs, contained the pornography, Taylor said. In all the files, the brothers held likely more than 100,000 items of child pornography, he added. Computers were hooked up to the TV, Taylor said.
 
In Daniel Alberts' basement bedroom, police found a pair of boy's underwear displayed on the wall and what appeared to be numerous other items of children's undergarments on the floor, according to a police affidavit. No children live at the home, the document said.
 
Timothy Alberts waived his Miranda rights and spoke to police, Taylor said. Alberts said he and his brother own the pornography, and he discussed the kind of pornography they prefer.
 
Timothy Alberts admitted he is a pedophile, according to the affidavit. CDs, Blu-ray discs, VHS tapes and pictures in the home contained child pornography, he told police. He has a conviction from 1982 in Boulder County for sexual assault on a child, Taylor said.
 
Around the time police searched the home, Gerald Alberts was removed from the scene because he needed medical care due to his living conditions, the affidavit said.
 
His recliner “was literally soaked in urine and feces,” Taylor said. His sons were his caretakers, Taylor said.
 
According to a news release by Englewood police in April, Timothy Alberts was taken into custody on charges of sexual exploitation of a child as well as crimes against an at-risk adult, or caretaker neglect. He was not charged with the latter crime in court, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
 
Arapahoe County Magistrate Kathleen Janski, who oversaw the hearing, said the testimony was sufficient to allow the 13 counts against Alberts to move forward to trial. Those charges are related to child sexual exploitation, and one accuses him of being a habitual sex offender against children.
 
Alberts was being held in Arapahoe County jail, and his bond remains at $50,000.
 
Daniel Alberts was also being held at the jail on the same bond and has a preliminary hearing set for July 6.

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