Federal investigators have charged a former California police officer with using a phone app to distribute child pornography

Federal investigators have charged a former California police officer with using a phone app to distribute child pornography

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  • He was arrested again Wednesday by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations after a federal grand jury indicted him on three charges of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Anthony Mark Brown, 57, worked with the Long Beach Police Department for 26 years and had most recently been assigned to at the Long Beach Airport, police said at the time of his initial arrest in February.

Brown was accused of using the phone messaging app MeWe to distribute sexually explicit images of girls in November 2019 and April 2020, Mrozek said. He was also accused of knowingly possessing a sexually explicit image of a girl, who had not yet turned 12, from October 2019 to May 2020. Brown could face between five and 80 years in federal prison if convicted of all charges, Mrozek said.

Brown left the department earlier this year following that arrest, Mrozek said. A federal trial date was tentatively set for November 23. San Mateo man sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for receiving child pornography
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The former officer had been facing charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court, but that case was dropped in light of the federal case, Mrozek said. Brown was arrested while on duty in February after Long Beach police received a tip about a possible online crime against a child in May 2020, police said in a statement.

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