Based on recent reports, a former ‘Officer of the Year’ was arrested for child pornography after sharing video of an underage woman having sex. The first suspicions were raised when an undercover agent met the police officer on the online group Kik Messenger.
Nobody ever suspected Michael Harding from Port St. Lucie led two lives until federals found evidence on his personal devices. The man appeared to be happily married to his wife and devoted to his three children.
Harding has been working at the Police Department in Port St. Lucie since 2012. His colleagues were equally shocked to find out that the police officer, who was previously labeled as “officer of the year” was a perpetrator of child pornography.
The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and it was started in July. The collected evidence has led investigators to arrest the police officer on Thursday afternoon. Many other charges have been brought against him, in addition to the child pornography accusations.
According to investigators, federal officers were working undercover on the online community Kik Messenger to identify potential child aggressors. Their attention was directed towards Michael Harding because a child pornography complaint was made against the man.
Police officers have carefully analyzed the data exchange between the police officer and underage users. They have found out that the man was using the nickname “desthfromabovee” to attract young women and convince them to send him pornographic materials.
Harding’s data was collected either through his IP address or through his cellphone interactions. Federal investigators have also asked the permission to look through the man’s personal computer. Police officers have found a large volume of pornographic images and videos of children. More child porn material was found in a special case that Harding was hiding in his closet.
The former “Officer of the Year” has been currently released from his position with the Police Department. If allegations turn out to be true, the man may be imprisoned for up to 20 years.
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