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Florida cop once named ‘Officer of the Year’ arrested for child porn by Homeland Security
ICE September 23, 2015
A Florida cop once named "Officer of the Year" was arrested by federal agents for distributing child porn -- and uploading the smut on the job, court documents show.
Port St. Lucie Officer Michael Harding was charged Wednesday with sending and receiving child porn after undercover Homeland Security investigators discovered his filth-ridden account on the app Kik messenger, authorities said.
The 27-year-old married father of three posted explicit material to the Kik chatroom #toddlerf**k while stationed in his police vehicle on patrol on the overnight shift beginning on July 23, according to an affidavit.
A Homeland Security Investigator stumbled onto posts Harding made under the name destheabovee showing young girls in sex acts with men, the affidavit said. The account was later linked to Harding's IP address and cell phone number, investigators said.
A search of Harding's home found hundreds of child porn photos and videos on a thumb drive, which had been hidden in a gun case in the bedroom, the affidavit said. Another thumb drive showed 23 sexually explicit pictures had been deleted, investigators said.
The thumb drives had images of boys and girls between about pre-school age and prepubescence, investigators said.
Harding was taken into custody Tuesday evening and appointed a public defender Wednesday after telling a judge he had $3,000 in his bank account, WPTV reported. A judge did not set bond because Harding is considered a danger to the community.
Harding was named Officer of the Year while working for the Fort Pierce Police Department in 2011.
Read more: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/port-st-lucie-police-officer-arrested-distribution-possession-child-pornography
Live Oak police officer arrested for child porn
Channel4News October 29, 2015
LIVE OAK, Fla. - A Live Oak police sergeant is behind bars Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with the possession of child pornography.
According to the State Attorney's Office, 35-year-old Kyle Adam Kirby was arrested at the Live Oak Police Department after the Live Oak police chief had FBI agents and other law enforcement officers search Kirby's patrol car computer and found 87 thumbnail images that showed children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, or had titles that indicated they were child pornography.
The search came as part of an undercover online child pornography investigation that also had officers search Kirby's home on Oct. 22 though they did not recover any computers or images there.
The case was started as part of Project Safe Childhood which is a nationwide initiative started in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat what they call a growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse.
Aside from the FBI, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also helped investigate Kirby.
If found guilty Kirby faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and the potential of a lifetime of supervision.
People can find out more information on Project Safe Childhood at their website.
Read more: http://www.news4jax.com/news/local/live-oak-police-officer-arrested-for-child-porn
Former police officer arrested on child porn charges
AL News December 20, 2016
A former police officer in St. Clair County is under arrest on multiple child porn charges.
Adam Lee Anderson, 37, was taken into custody Tuesday, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Anderson was a police officer with the Ashville Police Department until his resignation last month. It wasn't immediately clear whether he resigned because of the pending investigation or for other reasons.
Anderson, who lives in Ashville, is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography. ALEA's Special Victims Unit led the investigation, and was assisted by the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, said Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel.
Authorities didn't release any additional details, and the court records aren't yet available. Anderson is being held without bond in the Blount County Jail. He is being held in Blount County at the request of the St. Clair County sheriff so that he wouldn't be jailed in the county where he formerly worked.
Read more: http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/12/former_police_officer_arrested.html
Ex-JSO officer arrested on child porn charges
Channel4News October 24, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A former Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer is facing child pornography charges after federal agents discovered he was paying a woman for pornographic images of her 3-year-old daughter, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced Monday.
Michael Eugene Williams, 59, is charged with publishing a notice seeking child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
If convicted on all counts, Williams, who is not related to Sheriff Mike Williams, faces a minimum mandatory term of 20 years, up to 60 years, in federal prison.
According to the criminal complaint, on July 7, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Williams’s home after receiving information that he was uploading child pornography for sharing to Google Drive.
Read more: http://www.news4jax.com/news/ex-jso-officer-arrested-on-child-porn-charges
Police officers arrested for Child Pornography
By Christopher R Rice
York County police officer arrested for child porn fired by department
ABC March 14, 2017
YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County police officer arrested on child pornography charges has been fired by the department he served.
According to West Manchester Township Manager Kelly Kelch, Chad Richard Howell was terminated from the West Manchester Township Police Department last Wednesday.
Howell, 36, was arrested and charged last month with 50 felony counts of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.
Authorities say social media site Pinterest tipped off investigators that Howell was using the site to upload images of child pornography. Several electronic devices were confiscated from Howell’s Dillsburg home.
Read more: http://abc27.com/2017/03/14/york-county-police-officer-arrested-for-child-porn-fired-by-department/
Detroit police officer accused of possessing, distributing child porn
Detroit Daily February 22, 2017
DETROIT - An officer with the Detroit Police Department is facing child pornography charges after a search warrant was executed Tuesday at his home in Trenton.
Miguel Angel Martinez, of Trenton, is facing charges of possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, a sergeant with the Washoe County Sherriff’s Office in Reno Nevada was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program in an undercover capacity and found files of “investigative interest” from an IP address allegedly belonging to Martinez.
A file of investigative interest is defined as a file associated with keywords of has values related to material consistent with the federal definition of child pornography.
Over the course of a week, the sergeant was able download 14 incomplete but viewable files directly from the IP address. The complaint says that all of the files appear to depict real minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
A federal search warrant was executed at Martinez’s Trenton home Tuesday. Computer media items were taken from the residence.
During an interview, Martinez allegedly admitted to using the peer-to-peer file sharing program and said that he “may have seen” child pornography files, according to the complaint.
Fairfax County Police spokesman arrested, charged with 2 counts of child porn
WJLA April 15, 2015
FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - The former public face of Fairfax County Police is now sitting in jail. William “Bud” Walker, who gave countless media interviews and earned the public’s trust as the department’s public information officer, has been charged with possessing child pornography.
During his long career in law enforcement, Walker was once assigned to help kids as a school resource officer in Fairfax County. Now, he’s charged with hurting kids in one of the worst ways.
On Wednesday, the 16-year cop and former public information officer was arrested and charged with two felony child pornography counts. According to court documents, inside Walker’s home police seized numerous computers, thumb drives and media disks.
Read more: http://wjla.com/news/crime/fairfax-county-officer-arrested-charged-with-2-counts-of-child-porn-113205
Texas Police Officer Arrested Twice In 3 Weeks For Indecency, Child Porn
HP January 12, 2015
A police office in Texas was arrested for the second time in three weeks on charges of indecency with a child and possession of child pornography.
Richard Scott Bradford, a 15-year veteran of the Plano Police Department, was placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the incidents, NBC DFW reports. The 45-year-old officer was arrested Thursday by the Collin County sheriff’s office.
On Dec. 23, 2014, Bradford was in custody on similar charges, WFAA reports.
An arrest warrant and court documents reveal allegations against Bradford including reports that he inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl and stored pornographic images of children on his phone.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/richard-bradford-plano-police-arrested_n_6456358.html
Police Officers, Youth Coach Among 70 Accused in Child Porn Investigation
ABC News May 21, 2014
Child pornography has reached "epidemic proportions" one federal official said today following the indictment of 71 people that included cops, a rabbi, nurses and a Boy Scout leader.
Court documents said that some of the victims were as young as 2 years old.
“The sheer volume of confirmed and suspected instances of individuals engaging in the sexual exploitation of children identified through Operation Caireen is shocking,” said Jim Hayes , special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York. “Clearly this criminal activity has reached epidemic proportions.”
Authorities said that some of the suspects possessed "libraries" of photos and videos numbering "in the tens of thousands" about sexually abused children.
“It must be remembered that the images involved in these cases are of real children being sexually abused and that each time an image is viewed, traded, printed or downloaded, the child in that image is being victimized again,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Agents found the suspects on peer-to-peer file sharing networks, authorities said in a statement today. The agents seized hard drives and devices that are expected to lead to even more suspects and more charges.
The NYPD officers, including a sergeant, were arrested along with a paramedic for the New York City Fire Department. The suspects include a Brooklyn rabbi, a registered nurse who works at the Westchester County Medical Center, and a man who was both a Boy Scout den leader and a Little League coach.
The arrests represent one month’s work by agents from Homeland Security Investigations, who use special filters to search file sharing networks for individuals who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children.
The arrests were carried out mainly in New York City and surrounding suburbs but are expected to lead to “hundreds” of so-called collaterals, other arrests around the country once agents track all the data from every computer hard drive seized.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/child-porn-epidemic-cited-indictments-include-cops-rabbi/story?id=23807789
MV police officer arrested on child porn possession charge
MV Voice May 14, 2014
Mountain View police officer Kevin Nguyen was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of possession of child pornography, according to San Jose Police.
The San Jose Police Department had a search warrant to investigate the home of the 36-year-old Mountain View police officer for child pornography. In their investigation Tuesday afternoon, May 13, officers located items in Nguyen's home determined to be child pornography, including content on his computer, according to Sgt. Heather Randol, public information officer for the San Jose police.
San Jose officers arrived at the Mountain View Police Department Tuesday and took Nguyen into custody. He was booked into the San Jose Main Jail on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, according to San Jose police.
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Delaware Police Officer Arrested For Allegedly Dealing In Child Pornography
CBS September 13, 2016
NEWARK, De. (CBS) — Officials in Delaware announced the arrest of a New Castle County Police officer who they say was dealing in child pornography.
Authorities arrested Robert Vasecka, 45, of Newark in connection to 25 counts of dealing child pornography. They say an investigation was conducted by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force, leading to Vasecka’s arrest.
According to police, a public internet chat room reported that a user was uploading images that were suspected to be child pornography. The task force acquired information on the subscribers to track back to Vasecka.
Officials say that 25 images of child pornography were found on Vasecka’s phone.
Read more: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/09/13/delaware-officer-child-pornography/
APD officer arrested on child pornography charges
AmarilloNews April 17, 2016
An Amarillo police officer was arrested for possession of child pornography on Thursday following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Twitter account linked to him contained pornographic images of children.
Ofc. Earnest Tillman McDonald III, 39, of Amarillo, was booked into Potter County jail on two counts of possession of child pornography.
According to police, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the department on Tuesday of the Twitter account linked to McDonald.
Later investigators confirmed it contained photographs of child pornography.
The case has been sent to the 47th District Attorney’s office.
Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/crime-and-courts/2016-08-17/apd-officer-arrested-child-pornography-charges
Oilton Police Officer Arrested On Child Pornography Complaint
Channel6News April 6, 2016
OILTON, Oklahoma - A police officer working in Oilton is in jail on a complaint of possession of child pornography.
The Oilton's city website lists Archie Cole Jr. as a full-time police officer.
The state Attorney General's office confirmed to News On 6 that Cole confessed to an investigator Wednesday that he had child porn. He was then arrested and booked into the Creek County jail.
Read more: http://www.newson6.com/story/31660217/oilton-police-officer-arrested-for-child-pornography
South Miami police detective arrested on child pornography charges
Channel10News September 30, 2015
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A veteran South Miami police detective, who worked as a federal task officer with the Drug Enforcement Agency, was arrested Tuesday on eight counts of possessing child pornography and four counts of serving alcohol to minors, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.
Detective Joseph Mendez, 47, the son of a police officer, has been with the South Miami Police Department since 1995. He was the coordinator of the South Miami Police Explorer Program from 2009 to 2014.
A federal law enforcement source told Local 10 News that Mendez's father, Joe Mendez Sr., was also on a federal drug task force and was terminated for having "relations" with female maintenance workers. A source close to the family said the elder Mendez was forced to retire after signing off on the workers' overtime.
On Wednesday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Mendez Sr. retired after an internal affair investigation into allegations of "insubordination, harassment and conduct unbecoming were sustained."
Agents said the younger Mendez had child pornography on his cellphone and gave alcohol to underage girls.
Read more: http://www.local10.com/news/south-miami-police-detective-arrested-on-child-pornography-charges
California Cop Arrested for Child Porn Placed on Paid Suspension
Channel3News September 14, 2016
There was apparently enough evidence to arrest him, but not enough to fire him.
A cop who has worked as a trooper for the California Highway Patrol for 26-years was arrested at his home for sharing child porn over the internet.
According to KCRA3, the California Highway Patrol placed 54-year-old Patrick Francis Cooney Jr. on paid leave while the Placer County Sheriff’s Office conducts an investigation into the highway patrol veteran, CHP Officer Rafael Cervantes confirmed.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office had already been conducting an ongoing investigation of officer Cooney’s activities for two weeks prior to his arrest today that involved a “high tech detective,” Placer County Sheriff spokeswoman Dena Erwin told PINAC in a telephone interview.
That investigation resulted in a judge signing a warrant and Placer County Sheriff deputies searching officer Cooney’s home and confiscating his electronic devices, which resulted in his arrest around 4 p.m. Monday.
Read more: https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/09/14/california-cop-arrested-for-child-porn-placed-on-paid-suspension/
Former Newington Police Officer arrested on child porn charges
Channel8News September 14, 2016
BURLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 has learned that a former officer with the Newington Police Department has been arrested and will face child pornography charges.
48-year-old Mark Dichiara of Burlington turned himself into Troop-H in Hartford on an active arrest warrant.
State Police say they began an investigation back in April into the sharing of child pornography over the internet. Police were able to trace the activity to a home at 16 Mountain Briar in Burlington.
A search warrant was executed on May 3, at which time Dichiara was developed as a suspect.
Several items were seized from the home. Police say an examination of those items led to the discovery of suspected child pornography files.
Read more: http://wtnh.com/2016/09/14/former-newington-police-officer-arrested-on-child-porn-charges/