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Long Beach police officer arrested in child porn case

A Long Beach police officer has been arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography after soliciting pictures from a minor, authorities said Friday.

Officer Noe Yanez, a nine-year veteran of the department, came into contact with the minor in the course of his work and began contacting the victim via text messages, officials said in a statement. He subsequently solicited inappropriate photographs of the victim, they said.

The victim reported the incident to a school resource officer in April, and the Long Beach Police Department launched an immediate investigation, they said.

Yanez was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail; his bail amount has not yet been determined.

"Not only are the actions of this officer a violation of the law, they are a violation of the community's trust and a violation of the principles of this department," Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said in a statement.

The justice system integrity division of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office will receive the case for review. Yanez has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal and internal-affairs investigations, officials said.

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