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Former police officer arrested for child porn

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -

A former Tucson police officer was arrested in Prescott for child pornography.

29-year-old Martin Ward was taken into custody without incident at a motel on May 10.

In March, the Tucson Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit initiated an investigation into the online sharing and distribution of child pornography.

According to Sgt. Chris Widmer, detectives identified an online user on the eastside of Tucson sharing multiple files.  The investigation led them to a home near 22nd Street and Harrison Road.

On May 9, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.  During the search, multiple videos depicting child pornography were found.

The following day, an arrest warrant was issued for Ward.

Ward is being held on a warrant regarding the sexual exploitation of a minor.  He remains in the Yavapai County Jail awaiting extradition back to Tucson.

Further charges are pending.

Ward was hired by Tucson police in 2007, but resigned in 2012 after an unrelated internal investigation.


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