Daniel Collins, 35, of the Dallas Police Department in Texas, pleaded guilty after being caught in possession.
His searches were flagged by Google after Collins saved ‘sadistic’ images of prepubescent girls to his various Google accounts via the City of Dallas’ internet network.
Google sent the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which filed a Cyber Tip line report with the Dallas Police Department.
In the report, they noted that one of the profiles included a photo of a man in a police uniform, later determined to be Collins.
Computer specialists then traced the IP address of the images back to the house of Officer Collins who was subsequently arrested.
Collins admitted to uploading the images and then resigned from the Dallas Police Force before he could be fired.
U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox released this statement:
“Law enforcement officers take an oath to protect and serve. This defendant allegedly undermined that vow, preying upon our most vulnerable. The Department of Justice will not tolerate the exploitation of children – especially by our public servants.”
Collins now faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
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