A California deputy attorney general has been charged in San Diego with possession of child pornography.
Raymond Joseph Liddy was arrested Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bond, according to a complaint. The attorney general's office said they are aware of the matter and that the 53-year-old Liddy was placed on administrative leave.
According to a complaint filed in federal court, an electronic service provider sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January that a user had uploaded an image that appeared to be child porn.
A month later another provider sent a similar tip to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The activity was traced to his home in Coronado, stated the complaint.
Liddy is accused of being in possession of about a dozen illegal photos. He was put on home detention and is wearing an ankle device.
Local and federal authorities said they traced the activity to Liddy's home. When they questioned him, Liddy said he downloads sexual images and deletes them, according to the complaint.
He also said he may have forwarded some of the images, and some of them may have been of children, possibly.
They searched his home and uncovered disturbing photos on a computer and thumbdrive of minors engaged in sexual conduct.
Defense Attorney Knut Johnson, who has taken Liddy's case, told NBC 7 that he knows his client is a good person and all his coworkers describe him as an honorable man.