Stanley Romanek pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography Tuesday at the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins, Col. A five-day jury trial was scheduled to begin Aug. 15.
According to Dana Rieck of the Loveland Reporter-Herald, Romanek rejected what was termed a last plea deal from prosecutors. The deal offered Romanek the option of pleading guilty to the Class 4 felony possession charge in exchange for dropping the distribution charge, and receiving sex offender intensive probation. Following Romanek's rejection of the offer, Deputy District Attorney Josh Ritter permanently withdrew the proposal.
Romanek's attorney, Theodore McClintock, requested a five-day trial, telling the judge that "the defense case may be significant." The self-described alien abductee accused of possessing and distributing child pornography and his supporters have maintained the charges are unfounded and stem from combinations of conspiracies related to his involvement in ufology and corruption within federal agencies and the Loveland Police Department.
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