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Retired policeman charged of accessing child porn

Date: July 16, 2005

A retired South Texas police sergeant is accused of downloading child pornography on a city-owned computer while he was on duty.

Santiago Salinas, 48, was indicted on child pornography charges by a state grand jury June 22, court records show. He has until Aug. 10 to surrender to authorities, the Brownsville Herald reported in today's edition.

Salinas, a 21-year veteran of the Brownsville Police Department, retired in January after being accused of inappropriate computer use.

Authorities discovered that the computer was used to access pornography after Salinas crashed an unmarked police car in October in San Antonio.

He told police administrators that he used the city-owned vehicle to take his wife and children on a trip. Salinas was suspended for two days for the incident, Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia said.

But the crash prompted an investigation of other city-owned property Salinas used.

The investigation revealed that Salinas' computer was used to access pornographic Web sites while on duty. Some of the access involved child pornography sites, Garcia said.

Salinas' attorney, Nat Perez, did not return calls for comment.
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