An officer with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has been arrested for possessing child pornography, according to a press release issed by the department on April 19. “It is with great regret that the [LBPD] must announce the arrest of Long Beach Police Officer Noe Yanez for possession of child pornography, following an investigation conducted by the [LBPD],” reads the news release.
Yanez, a nine-year employee with the department, was found to be in possession of what the LBPD is referring to as “inappropriate photographs” of a minor with whom Yanez first came into contact during the course of his employment. According to the LBPD, Yanez had begun contacting the minor via text messages and subsequently solicited the photographs. “In April 2012, the victim reported the incident to a school resource officer, and Long Beach Police launched an immediate and thorough investigation,” reads the press release. “Significant resources were devoted to determine the extent of the contact between Yanez and the victim, including the execution of multiple search warrants.”
Yanez is being held at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail, and 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,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “The men and women of this department take great pride in the good work they do every day with the community, and we will not allow the actions of this one officer to compromise that relationship.”
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Justice System Integrity Division will be presented with this case and will handle the prosecution. Yanez has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the continuing criminal and Internal Affairs investigations.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Department Sex Crimes Detail Tip Line at (562) 570-7878. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or email by visiting tipsoft.com.