Posted: Tue 12:34 PM, Jun 12, 2012
Updated: Tue 5:25 PM, Jun 12, 2012
Newly released court documents reveal the role Facebook played in a 7-month investigation into a child sex assault case.
Ryan Cardman, 27, was arrested on June 6. According to investigators, he is responsible for sexually abusing a girl in 2006 and 2007 when she was just 7-years-old. The abuse began in an apartment on Centennial near Garden of the Gods.
The investigation into the allegations began in 2011. According to court documents, part of that investigation involved a police officer posing as the victim on Facebook. The officer opened a dialogue with Cardman, who reportedly admitted to the abuse.
The document also indicates that Cardman deleted his profile when the officer, posing as the girl, asked for an apology.
11 News was outside Cardman’s home in the 6000 block of Scottsbluff last Wednesday when detectives served a search warrant. Cardman wasn’t home during that search, but was taken into custody later that day.
The affidavit goes on to say several others search warrants were also executed. That included Cardman's Facebook, Google Mail and IP addresses.
Cardman was initially charged with felony possession of a weapon by a previous offender. He is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. His bond is set at $25,000.
On June 8, Cardman was interviewed in jail. In the affidavit, the interviewing officer writes that Cardman admitted to several occasions and varieties of sexual encounters with the victim. He also described his arousal in those situations.
Investigators are concerned there may be more victims of sexual abuse by Cardman. People with additional information concerning other possible victims are asked to call Crime Stoppers 634-STOP.
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