Caldwell man pleads not guilty to creating child porn

CALDWELL -- A Caldwell man who sparked an AMBER Alert after police say he went on the run with three young children pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen child sex charges Friday.

Jason Travis Simon, 38, faces a total of 12 counts of creating sexually exploitative material involving an underage victim and one count of sexual abuse of a minor under 16.

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Police say Simon and 36-year-old Sarah Joy Dunn left town in June - along with three children, ages 10, 8, and 6 - after learning that police were investigating Simon on the pornography charges. Simon is the biological father of the youngest boy, while Dunn is the adoptive mother of the the older two children.

The disappearances prompted a manhunt and an AMBER Alert for the missing children. Simon, Dunn and the children were found about three weeks later at a campground near Vail, Colorado.

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The children have all been reunited with family, according to police.

Dunn has pleaded not guilty to felony custodial interference, and is currently free on a $15,000 bond. Simon remains held in the Canyon County Jail, and is due back in court for a pretrial Nov. 14.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison for the sexual abuse charge and up to 30 years per count on the child pornography charges.

 

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