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Stanley Romanek of UFO fame arrested and faces child porn charges

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Stanley Romanek was arrested Thursday on charges related to the distribution of child pornography. A controversial and well known figure within the UFO community, Romanek was reported by the 'Loveland News' to have been taken into custody as the result of a months-long investigation involving the Department of Homeland Security. The Colorado paper further reported the arrest warrant, issued Wednesday, charged Romanek with sexual exploitation of a child and stemmed from an initial search warrant on his computer served in April of 2013.

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Romanek has long been known to the UFO community due to his controversial and difficult to believe claims of alien abduction. His allegations include frequent visitations from otherworldly beings, photographs of such beings and the existence of ET-human hybrid children he has fathered.

Among Romanek's more outspoken critics was James Carrion, a former international director of the Mutual UFO Network. In his blog post, 'Are you fallowing me?', Carrion reported that the word "follow" was repeatedly misspelled as "fallow" in numerous suspicious circumstances. Such circumstances were in support of the Romanek case and allegedly written by different sources and witnesses. The recurring spelling error caused Carrion to question the authenticity of the supporting documents, which included reports submitted by Romanek, alleged third party witnesses and alleged physicists.

Romanek, who published a great deal of material about his claimed extraordinary experiences, drew widespread criticism as well as support for his photos of alleged extraterrestrials and hybrids. He was subsequently the focus of many interviews, documentaries and similar media publications.

Larimer County Crime Stoppers reported Thursday that Romanek's arrest was related to the sharing and possession of child pornography. In addition to the Department of Homeland Security, the investigation included Loveland Police Detectives and the Northern Colorado Forensics Laboratory. Romanek reportedly turned himself in at the Larimer County Jail and was charged with sexual exploitation of a child, a class III felony, and sexual exploitation of a child, a class IV felony. The class III felony alleges distribution of child pornography and the class IV felony charge was related to the alleged possession of more than 20 images of child pornography.

The initial warrant denied bail but was modified to a personal recognizance bond of $20,000. According to Larimer County Crime Stoppers, Romanek remained in custody as of Thursday evening.

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