Monday, October 12, 2009

Officer John Robert Deegan Charged with Possession of Child Porn

A veteran Los Angeles police officer is facing child pornography charges. A federal grand jury charged 54-year-old John Robert Deegan and his 25-year-old son, Jonathon, with two counts each of possession of child porn last month, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court.

Both turned themselves in and were released last week on $10,000 bail. Prosecutors say Deegan and his son had child porn on a home computer in January 2008. Deputy Chief Mark Perez says Deegan has been suspended with pay since March when FBI agents told police officials that he was under investigation.

Attorneys for Deegan and his son declined to comment but Ira Salzman, who is representing Jonathon Deegan, says his client will plead not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday.

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