DRIGGS — A local man who already faces felony charges for rape was charged July 7 with one count of felony sexual exploitation of child.
Brandon Cristo Saavedra, 21, is being held at Madison County Jail awaiting a pre-trial conference in Teton County Court after an investigation into a criminal complaint which was made July 1.
Following the complaint, Teton County Sheriff Deputies issued a warrant for access to Saavedra’s cellphone. According to the court affidavit, deputies found sexually explicit images and videos on the phone belonging to Saavedra. He was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of child, a charge that could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
It is unknown at this time where the contents of the images were taken or the identity of the child or children found on the phone.
The court appointed Forest Fischer with Moulton Law Firm as Saavedra’s defense lawyer. Saavedra did not post the $25,000 bond assigned to him at his arraignment. A pretrial is set for Wednesday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Saavedra has also been charged with five felony counts of rape stemming from an investigation May 7.
According to the affidavit submitted by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Thomas Raab with the Jackson Police Department responded to a Jackson, Wyo., medical facility’s request for law enforcement in April after a 15-year-old girl reported that she was pregnant.
On May 6, Teton County Deputy Clinton Lemieux arrested Saaveda after his rights were read to him in Spanish. With his attorney present, Saaveda said he knew that the victim was pregnant with his child. He also told the deputy that it is not uncommon for adult men to have sexual relationships with girls under the age of 18 in Mexico and that he intends to support the victim and the child.
Each count of felony rape can carry up to one year to life in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.