Police have arrested a California deputy attorney general after allegedly recovering child pornography from his San Diego County home, as reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Raymond Joseph Liddy, 53, was arrested on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography.
The months-long investigation began in January after an electronic service provider tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about an uploaded image that resembled child porn. A month later, the service provider informed the center of 10 more illicit images sent through a messaging application, authorities have noted.
The information was forwarded to San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children, who pinpointed the illegal activity to a home in Coronado. From there, the task force searched through emails and chat logs and were able to obtain a search warrant for Liddy’s home.
On Tuesday, Liddy allegedly admitted to downloading sexual images and sharing sexual fantasies but told FBI agents that these images depicted adults. A sweep of his home proved otherwise, however, as investigators discovered several images of children engaging in sexual acts on his computer and on a small hard drive, a criminal complaint has revealed. One image supposedly showed a nude girl with her hands bound.
The Attorney’s General Office said they were “aware of the matter” and that Liddy was placed on administrative leave.
The San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Liddy is the son of G. Gordon Liddy, 86, who was prosecuted for burglarizing the Democratic National Committee headquarters during the Watergate scandal.
On Tuesday, a judge released Raymond in lieu of $100,000 bond and placed him on home detention with GPS monitoring.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 8.
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