A Colorado Springs police officer who spent time as a school resource officer, youth athletic coach and teenage cadet mentor was arrested Wednesday on suspicion that he bought child pornography.
Officer Josh Carrier, 30, was jailed Wednesday and has been placed on indefinite leave while detectives investigate whether he possessed child pornography, a class four felony, said Sgt. Steve Noblitt, department spokesman.
“It’s very disheartening, it’s very discouraging and it is disappointing to our agency,” Noblitt said. “But we are committed to doing the right thing.”
Carrier has been with the department for seven years and has held several assignments where he has “had influence over youths in our community,” according to a release.
He had worked as a School Resource Officer at Horace Mann Middle School in Colorado Springs School District 11, though Noblitt wasn’t sure how long Carrier held the position or when he was at the school.
Carrier also was a coach in the Police Athletic League and an advisor to youth in the CSPD Explorer program, where teenagers and young adults don police uniforms and shadow officers.
He was currently with the Explorer program, Noblitt said, a post Carrier held for roughly a year. But he spent most of his time as a patrol officer on the city’s southeast side.
The allegations against him arose during an investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which notified the CSPD Internet Crimes Against Children Unit on March 28 that Carrier may have bought photographs from an online child pornography website, Noblitt said.
Noblitt did not say when the photographs were purchased, nor how long the Air Force had been investigating him.
The allegations against Carrier, though, only involve the photographs and police have no evidence that he acted improperly with children on the job.
Noblitt said he could not discuss whether any complaints had been made against Carrier.
“At this point, we don’t have that concern” that he acted inappropriately with the children he met as an officer, Noblitt said.
He asked residents, though, to offer any information they may have regarding Carrier.
The arrest marks the second in five months that detectives with the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit have made against a police officer.
In December 2010, Morgan Sellman, an Aurora police sergeant and DARE instructor, was arrested on suspicion of possessing hundreds of child porn videos, which he held on a personal laptop that he occasionally brought to work.
Noblitt said it appears that Carrier used a personal computer to purchase the pictures.
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