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Gazette Premium Content Henley faces more trouble with child porn charge

LANCE BENZEL Updated: May 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

A driver accused of fleeing a crash that killed a 14-year-old Colorado Springs boy in early May has been re-arrested in connection with a four-month child pornography investigation, court records show.



David Allen Henley Jr., 38, faces new allegations of viewing child pornography in a Pikes Peak Community College classroom, court records show.

The unrelated child pornography investigation dates to mid-February, when two students approached their instructor in a diesel mechanic training program and reported that Henley was looking at “kiddie porn” on his personal laptop.

A Pikes Peak Community College police officer seized the computer, and a forensic analysis by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office the following month turned up evidence of nearly 100 illicit photos depicting children as young as eight, authorities allege. Police sought an arrest warrant on May 18. Why Henley wasn’t arrested sooner wasn’t made clear in court papers.

Henley is the suspect in a May 3 hit-and-run in Colorado Springs that killed 14-year-old Ricardo Figueroa after he tripped while crossing the road at South Circle Drive and Airport Road.

Colorado Springs police say they were led to Henley by a pair of anonymous tips — one from a person who claimed Henley confessed to the crash afterward.

Court records show Henley has a long history of traffic violations, including two recent arrests for driving with a revoked license. He also was arrested in 2004 and again in 2005 on suspicion of stealing tow trucks, according to arrest warrants.

Henley, who is being held in lieu of more than $100,000 bail, is due to return to court on June 12.

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