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Veteran Long Beach Officer Jailed On Child Porn Charges

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LONG BEACH (CBS) — A Long Beach police officer was behind bars on Friday on allegations of possessing child pornography.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports Officer Noe Yanez allegedly became first acquainted with the victim while on official police business.

Yanez, a nine-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, began contacting the victim via text messages and subsequently solicited inappropriate photographs of the victim.

The victim eventually reported the contact to the police, which triggered an department-wide investigation.

“Significant resources were devoted to determine the extent of the contact between Yanez and the victim, including the execution of multiple search warrants,” according to a statement from the LBPD.

Yanez was arrested on April 19 and booked at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail for possession of child pornography. No bail amount has been determined.

“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,” said Chief Jim McDonnell. “The men and women of this Department take great pride in the good work they do everyday with the community, and we will not allow the actions of this one officer to compromise that relationship.”

Yanez has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of ongoing investigations.

Anyone with information about Yanez or the case is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-7878. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or email by visiting TipSoft.com.

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