Colorado Man Indicted On Charges Of Attempted Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of A Child
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A federal grand jury indicted Keith Larson, of Louisville, Colo., with attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and travel with intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct with a minor, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. Larson was arraigned on those charges today, before United States Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd in San Jose.
According to the Indictment, which was issued yesterday, Larson, 41, is alleged to have crossed state lines from Colorado to California on Dec. 9, 2012, with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a female who is under the age of 12.
Larson was arrested on Dec. 9 at the San Jose International Airport and made his initial appearance in federal court in San Jose on Dec. 10. He is currently being held in the Santa Clara County Jail. Bail was set at $150,000. Larson is next schedule to appear before Magistrate Judge Lloyd in San Jose on Dec. 27.
The maximum statutory penalty for attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12-years-old, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 2241(c), is a mandatory minimum of 30 years and up to life in prison, and a fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory penalty for travel with intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct with a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 2423(b), is 30 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Amie D. Rooney is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Tracey Andersen. The prosecution is the result of a four-month investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children SAFE Task Force.
Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Larson must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.