Columbus Police Officer Charged with Producing Child Pornography


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A Columbus Police Officer is accused of being on the wrong side of the law, with his arrest for allegedly producing child pornography.

Patrolman Raymond Rose III was arrested Thursday, following an investigation by the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

Rose is accused of producing the material with a ten-year-old girl, and the alleged victim's family contacted Police from the incident, alleged to have occurred back in July.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says Rose could get up to 8 years in prison if convicted. Rose has been placed on leave from his assignment with CPD.

Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan released a statement, saying, "When criminal activity is discovered, our duty is to investigate and pursue the appropriate action based on evidence. The fact that it involves one of our own does not change that. The protection of children demands the highest level of priority and investigation. Regardless of who is accused, we support every effort to ensure justice is done."