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Aurora Man Indicted and Arrested for Coercion and Enticement, Transportation As Well As Production of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER – Ryan Charles McCraw, age 37, of Aurora, Colorado, was arrested following a federal grand jury indictment on charges of coercion, enticement and production of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers announced.  McCraw, who is in federal custody, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang where he was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea.  He is being detained under an order from the District of Kansas. 


McCraw was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on October 26, 2017.  He first appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver on December 4, 2017 to be advised of his rights and the charges pending against him.  According to the indictment as well as information presented in open court, McCraw allegedly met underage boys living in the Denver metro area through online chat services. McCraw engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the boys over the course of months, asking them to send him sexually explicit images online.  He enticed the boys to meet with him, picking them up in his car if they were too young to drive.  He took them to his residence and engaged in sex acts with them.  McCraw filmed the sex acts and took still images of the boys, including images of bondage.  He continued this course of conduct for over a year with multiple victims.  McCraw boasted online that he had “trained” 12 other boys.  


Authorities believe that there could be other victims of the defendant.  To that end, attached please find a photo of the defendant released in hopes of determining whether there are other child victims.   If you are a victim or know of someone who could be a victim of the defendant, you are asked to contact the FBI at 970-663-1028.


McCraw faces two counts of coercion and enticement and attempted coercion and enticement.  Those two counts carry penalties of not less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison.  He also faces two counts of production of child pornography, both of which carry penalties of not less than 15 years, and up to 30 years imprisonment.  He also faces one count of transportation of child pornography, which carries for the first offense a penalty of not less than 5 years, and up to 20 years in prison. 


The FBI, Longmont Police Department and Aurora Police Department investigated this matter.  The 20th Judicial District assisted with this matter.  The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Valeria Spencer.


The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law

Updated December 7, 2017

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