Gary Howard Oliva was arrested for alleged possession of graphic imagery

By Steve Helling
June 23, 2016 08:00 PM

A man who was once a suspect in the JonBenét Ramsey murder case has been arrested on charges of child pornography in Colorado.

Gary Howard Oliva, 52, was arrested by the Boulder Police Department on Friday. A charging affidavit alleges that he uploaded more than 20 photos of graphic child pornography to a Google email address. According to the affidavit, the images showed a girl – estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 6 – with an adult man.

Oliva is described in the affidavit as being homeless. According to The Daily Camera, he registered as a sex offender in Boulder on June 1.

PEOPLE has confirmed that Oliva was formally charged on Tuesday with two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a child, all class 4 felonies.

A judge ordered that Oliva be held on $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for July 11. He does not yet have an attorney and has not entered a plea.

Oliva was once named a suspect in the Christmas 1996 killing of JonBenét, because he was allegedly close to the Ramsey home the night the 6-year-old was killed. He was never charged with any crime related to the girl’s death.

Boulder County Sheriff's Office

In a 2002 jailhouse interview with CBS that was aired as that was part of their 48 Hours Investigates broadcast, Oliva denied hurting or killing JonBenét, but admitted to an obsession with her.

Boulder city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley says that Oliva is well-known to authorities. “The police department is certainly very familiar with him,” Huntley told The Daily Camera.

“The police department diligently investigated these current allegations and believes there is probable cause to support the arrest,” Huntley continued. “But we’re currently not comfortable ruling anybody out as a suspect, or ruling anybody in as a suspect, in the Ramsey case.”

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