A Capitol police officer (USCP) was charged with possession of child pornography and has been suspended, according to the agency.
Jared Lemon, 42, was arrested outside his home Monday and charged with five counts, a news release added.
A longtime Capitol Police officer has been arrested and charged with five counts of possession of child sexual abuse material. https://t.co/golE7be7Az
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"Lemon, who has been with the Capitol Police for nearly two decades, is suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case," the Hill reported.
"According to the release, the USCP learned of the investigation into Lemon in December and revoked his police powers, reassigning him to 'administrative duties where he would not interact with the public' while the Maryland police investigated," it added.
U.S. Capitol Police say officer charged with possession of child pornography pic.twitter.com/vk73y8E0yg
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"The USCP learned about the investigation in December of 2022 and immediately revoked the officer’s police powers and, while MSP was investigating the allegations, reassigned him to administrative duties where he would not interact with the public," the press release stated.
"The USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility will start an administrative investigation after the conclusion of the criminal case, which is being investigated by the Maryland State Police," it added.
The charges come as part of a larger crackdown on child pornography nationwide, with several major operations announced in the last year.
Earlier this month, a Maryland State Trooper was also arrested on six counts of possession of child pornography in the area near Lemon.
The arrest came after the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploiting Children, according to CBS News.
The disturbing case will now lead to further investigation and will likely end the career of a longtime officer in D.C.