A Loveland man who was caught with a massive child pornography collection was given a deferred sentence of four years by Larimer County Judge Laurie Dean on February 13.

Stephen Ralph Yaden, 31, pleaded guilty in December to sexual exploitation of a child by possession of 20 or more videos containing child sexual abuse.

Instead of jail time, Yaden was given a deferred sentence as long as he completes the four years of supervised probation. A deferred sentence means that if Yaden fulfills his sentence, the guilty plea will be withdrawn and the conviction will come off his record.

Suspicions arose when Yaden was completing on a 70-day work release sentence as an inmate in the Larimer County Alternate Sentencing Department. According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, he was on work release for driving while impaired.

During work release, a staff member accused him of being at an "unauthorized location outside the facility."

At this point, a staff member seized his cellphone and found approximately 150 photos of child sexual abuse. The phone was then turned over to the Larimer County Sheriff.

Source: Loveland Reporter Herald

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