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Ex-police officer jailed on child pornography charges

November 3, 2020 GMT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A former police officer in Virginia has been jailed on child pornography charges.

The Roanoke Times reports that former Christiansburg police officer Ethan Michael Havens, 25, was arrested last Thursday on charges of possessing, reproducing and distributing child pornography. Havens remained jailed Tuesday and has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday in Montgomery County’s Circuit Court.

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The town fired Havens and requested a Virginia State Police investigation in June.

Search warrants said that a Twitter user who described working as a police officer, later identified as Havens, sent sexually explicit pictures of children to another user.

A statement that Christiansburg police issued in July said the department was “both shocked and outraged by the conduct demonstrated by a now-former agency member.”