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Undercover cyber investigation in Nevada leads to child porn charges against DPD officer

Miguel Martinez suspended with pay

DETROIT – A 29-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department is facing child pornography charges after a raid Tuesday at his Trenton home.

The case began in September with an undercover cyber investigation in Reno, Nevada. A police investigator identified a peer-to-peer sharing program on which users distributed child porn online.

A computer downloading that material was traced to the Detroit officer's address in Trenton, 2,000 miles away from the investigator.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed at Miguel Martinez's home. Federal agents seized computer material during the search.

Neighbors were shocked about what was going on next door.

"Crazy, close to home," Tina Roberts said. "Especially with little ones over at my house. They said that it was child pornography, so that's a little spookier, especially with all the kids in the neighborhood."

Detroit police Chief James Craig said Martinez has been suspended with pay pending the results of the federal investigation. Craig called the incident "very troubling."

"Any time a police officer makes a decision to engage in alleged criminal acts, and this one is particularly troubling, certainly it's a stain on the Detroit Police Department," Craig said.

Martinez could face charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, Martinez told investigators he "may have seen child pornography files."

"We support those who do it right, we will continue," Craig said. "But those who do it wrong with be penalized."

Craig said it's standard protocol for an officer in any situation like this one to be suspended with pay. If the charges are filed, Martinez will be suspended without pay and could be fired pending the outcome of the case.

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