Phoenix police officer arrested for allegedly having child pornography

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PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer has been arrested for allegedly receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse.

Alaa Robert Bartley, 41, of Gilbert, was arrested on friday and was charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of knowingly receiving child pornography and one count of knowingly possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

According to the complaint, between August 2020 and February 2022, Bartley used a social media platform to communicate with a woman, expressing sexual interest in children. The complaint claims the woman sent Bartley inappropriate images of children.

The woman involved has been charged separately in the Eastern District of Michigan.

One count of knowingly receiving child pornography carries a sentence of between five and 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating this case. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, Phoenix, is prosecuting the case.

After the indictment against Bartley was announcedThe Phoenix Police Department issued the following statement:

These alleged actions are despicable and fundamentally opposed to the values ​​of our department and the law enforcement community.

“What is alleged is contrary to the brave work done every day by the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department to protect one of the most vulnerable populations in our community, our children,” said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan .

We take this matter very seriously and are conducting an internal investigation.

Last week, upon learning of the FBI investigation, the Department immediately placed Bartley on administrative leave and began the disciplinary process, including termination, against the employee.

Bartley joined the Department in 2007.

We are committed to the safety and well-being of our community and will not tolerate any action that undermines that commitment.

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