Ex-Police Officer, 42, Pleads Not Guilty To Possessing Child Porn

RIVERSIDE (CBS) —  An ex-police officer allegedly caught with sexually explicit images of children on his home computer Thursday pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography.

Hector Jesus Zamora, 42, could face a year in jail if convicted.

The defendant — who was arrested on Nov. 1 — appeared with his attorney before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan. She set a felony settlement conference in the case for Jan. 31.

Zamora remains free on $5,000 bail.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, members of the sheriff’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) team allegedly located two-dozen explicit pictures, some of them depicting underage girls, on his desktop.

The SAFE task force investigation stemmed from an FBI undercover operation that began in January 2010, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall.

He said Zamora previously worked as a police officer for the city of Holtville, near El Centro, and has lived in Temecula since 2005.

Circumstances behind the defendant’s departure from the police force were not disclosed.

According to Hall, the alleged pornographic images on Zamora’s computer appear to have been taken about 10 years ago, while the defendant was still in law enforcement.

The children, who have not been identified, could be from either Riverside or San Diego County.

Anyone with information was urged to call the SAFE tip line at (866) 723-3595.

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  1. Pedro says:

    Respect the Badge!

  2. Smith-Garcia says:

    Why is it that much crime are done by the hispanic, many police are hispanic .many firemen are hispanics , may news people are hispanic in the news?

    1. kma367 says:

      Man your ignorant. You know white people commit crimes like this too. Same as with the asians, african-americans, etc…Garcia is a hispanic last name btw.

      1. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

        Whites? I prefer the racial title Caucasian; it denotes my European/ Mediterranean ancestry.

      2. MIKEY STILL SNIFFS BALLS says:

        kma367, sometimes I use the screen name “KMA” but it means “Kiss My AS$.”

        I can’t even get a job.That’s because that lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. Now I’m a bitter aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection.

  3. LAkersROCK says:

    Sick pedophile PIG!

  4. Anon says:

    And don’t forget about the white crimes either. Just sayin’

  5. Greg says:

    Child Molestations/Rapes/Killings are a White Crime. This guy must have gotten the child porn from one of his white co-workers.

    1. drink and drive says:

      Nice try b3aner but most of these ped0 l0sers are mexicans.

      case closed

      1. prolaw says:

        just took a criminology class and most sexual crimes are commited by whites and most registered sex offenders are white. I would never leave my kid with a white male especially in thier late thirties, just to risky.

  6. bletch says:

    I get caught with a personal use amount of drugs(1st offence), my bail is 25k.
    This guy has pictures and porn of little kids, his bail is 5k.

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