David Moe.
David Moe. (Special to The Denver Post)

A preschool teacher at Denver's Paddington Station who was arrested by federal agents after they found child porn at his home has admitted the charges are true, according to an affidavit on file at U.S. District Court in Denver

An agent in the U.S. Immigration and Customs cyber crimes unit in San Diego observed child porn available for downloading on another computer , which led him to David Moe, 45, according to the affidavit.

Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the Denver U.S. Attorney's office, said ICE traced other suspects through the computer as well.

Moe admitted that he used a computer program and the Internet to "make available, trade, and collect images of child pornography. He also admitted to possessing child pornography on his computer," according to the affidavit.

Agents also found DVDs and CDs containing child porn.

Photos that Moe allegedly accessed showed pre-pubescent girls in suggestive positions, having sex with similarly aged boys, and pre-teen girls being penetrated by adult males, the affidavit said.

Pippi Hambidge, executive head of the pre-school, told parents in an email that she shares their concern about the allegations. The school has placed Moe, who lives in Denver, on administrative leave.

The school learned of the charges Thursday evening, Hambidge said. She said the school's number one concern remains the health and welfare of its students.

Moe, who has worked at the school for 18 years, had notes in his possession that he said were made during a meeting with a child's parents about 10 years ago.

"Mr. Moe further stated that a child in his care at Paddington Station said that he had taken her to the bathroom and touched her inappropriately. Mr. Moe further stated that nothing was proven and that the notes were taken during the meeting with the child's parents," the affadvit said.

Following that incident, the school changed policies so only females are allowed to change diapers and two adults must escort children to the bathroom, said George Merritt, a spokesman for the school.

School administrators are now contacting those involved in the incident to learn more, Merritt said. The school reported the allegation to authorities, he said.

The school is working with federal investigators and Denver County Child Abuse services to ensure Moe's alleged behavior did not harm the students in his care, Hambidge said.

The school is encouraging parents to contact school officials and the Denver County Child Abuse hotline if they know of any inappropriate behavior by Moe. The number is 720-944-3000.

"We want to be sure that the information you receive from us is absolutely accurate. We understand that information cannot come fast enough for our parents, and we apologize for the time it takes to gather and distribute the facts that are available to us," the email said.

Moe's computer was linked to a peer-to-peer file-sharing network that facilitates the trading of electronic files, the affidavit said.

"Moe stated that he has lots of sexually explicit images, approximately 10,000, and estimates that 2 percent depict children under the age of 18. Mr. Moe's preference is to look at sexually explicit images depicting females ages four and older,"the affidavit said.

Moe, who was arrested after ICE agents searched his home Tuesday, was the only suspect arrested in Colorado.

Moe, who has taught at the school for 18 years, is being held in jail in Denver.

"On Monday, a judge will decide if he is eligible for bond," Dorschner said.