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Ex-NM police officer arrested in child porn case

November 13, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer has been arrested in connection with a federal child pornography case.

Authorities say 32-year-old Nelson Begay was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of receiving and [auth] possessing computer images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Shortly before his arrest, Begay resigned from the Albuquerque Police Department. He’s scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court Thursday morning.

The New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at Begay’s home last week and seized computers and other files.

Authorities say Begay allegedly was sharing child porn on file-sharing networks. A preliminary forensic examination of a laptop computer taken from Begay’s home allegedly had more than 30 child pornography images.

It was unclear Wednesday afternoon if Begay has a lawyer yet.

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