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CHP Officer Arrested For Distributing Child Pornography

(AP) - Authorities say they have arrested a California Highway Patrol officer on suspicion of transmitting child pornography.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Patrick Francis Cooney Jr. was arrested by sheriff's detectives Monday at his home in Auburn. Deputies say his home was searched and electronic devices seized under a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation.

He was booked into Placer County Jail and his bail set at $50,000.

No telephone number was listed for Cooney and officials could not immediately say if he has an attorney.

The CHP says Cooney has been put on paid administrative leave and his peace officer powers have been revoked.

The Placer County District Attorney's Office says it is reviewing his case. His next court date is October 24.

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