Former Long Beach police officer sentenced to prison for child pornography

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A former Long Beach police officer who pleaded guilty to distributing child sexual abuse material was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison.

Anthony Brown, 57, pleaded guilty in March to one count of distribution of child pornography, federal prosecutors said. In his plea agreement, he admitted to sharing at least one image while on duty at Long Beach Airport.

His case was marred by several blunders by investigators, including when a detective called and notified him of the investigation more than a year before his arrest in February 2021.

The case came to the attention of Long Beach police detectives in May 2020 when the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children notified the department that an account on messaging app MeWe registered to a phone number in Long Beach was being used to distribute child sexual abuse images.

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