Authorities announced Thursday the arrest of Long Beach police officer, Noe Yanez, for possession of child pornography following an internal investigation by the department.
“Not only are the actions of this officer a violation of the law, they are a violation of the community’s trust, and a violation of the principles of this department,” stated Chief Jim McDonnell in a statement. “The men and women of this department take great pride in the good work they do every day with the community and we will not allow the actions of this one officer to compromise that relationship.”
Yanez, a nine-year veteran, was arrested and booked for possession of child pornography Thursday. Currently, it is unclear where the officer was stationed.
Police allege that Yanez first came into contact with the minor during the course of his employment with the department and began contacting the minor via text messages.
As the communication between the two progressed, Police allege that he solicited inappropriate photographs of the victim. Sometime in April, the victim reported the incident to a school resource officer and LB police began an immediate investigation.
According to officials, significant resources–including multiple search warrants–were used to uncover the extent of contact between Yanez and the victim.
At this time, the department is not releasing any further information, including where Yanez was stationed, Lisa Massacani, Long Beach police public information officer, told Patch.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Justice System Integrity Division will handle the criminal prosecution, according to a statement from LB police.
The officer in question has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal and internal affairs investigation, and is currently being held at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail. His bail amount has not yet been set.