LBPD officer arrested on child pornography charges
A Long Beach police officer was arrested Wednesday on charges of possessing child pornography, the LBPD announced.
Anthony Mark Brown, a 56-year-old resident of Lakewood and a 26-year veteran of the force, was arrested while on duty after a nearly one-year investigation after a tip concerning "a possible online crime against a child."
Brown was most recently assigned to the Long Beach Airport as part of the Security Services Division in the Support Bureau.
The LBPD searched Brown's home in Lakewood, and he has since been suspended without pay pending the result of his trial.
What they're saying:
Acting Chief of Police Wally Hebeis said, "When the actions of an individual employee erode the values of our organization and the public trust all of us have worked so hard to cultivate, they must be held accountable."
Hebeis would go on to say, “Protecting children is one of our most sacred responsibilities, and the actions of this officer do not represent the professionalism and commitment that all of our employees show every day while protecting our community.”
The Long Beach Police Officers Association president Rich Chambers: "These chargers are deeply disturbing."