Former Florida officer of the year kills himself amid child porn investigation

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By: Associated Press, ClickOrlando.com
February 21, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a decorated Florida police detective killed himself just before he was to be arrested on charges that he possessed child pornography.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Jacksonville sheriff's Detective Vernon Richardson killed himself Tuesday, shortly after authorities obtained a warrant for his arrest.

The neighboring St. Johns County Sheriff's Office began an investigation in December after receiving a tip Richardson had child porn on his computer. Detectives later found an image of two adolescent boys having sex.

Richardson was questioned Feb. 1 and denied looking at child porn. Investigators say his computer was seized and two photos of naked children were found.

Richardson was the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's local officer of the year in 2012 for his work finding missing children.



 
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