A Staten Island cop was indicted for allegedly possessing hundreds of images of child pornography after an investigation allegedly found that he was soliciting photos from minors online, prosecutors announced Friday.
Timothy Martinez, 40, was arrested on Feb. 7 on child pornography possession charges. He was released on a $150,000 bond.
According to the criminal complaint, in August 2018 a Homeland Security investigation was tracking a Twitter account with an IP address that was based on Staten Island. The account in question was interacting with another account that belonged to a person under the age of 18 and allegedly paid them for photos and video depicting child pornography.
After reviewing records from Apple, it was determined that the account was associated with an iCloud account that allegedly belonged to Martinez.
Homeland Security searched Martinez’s home on Sept. 24, 2019 and allegedly uncovered a laptop that had over 600 photos of child pornography. The criminal complaint states that some of the photos allegedly contained a young girl, who is believed to be between the ages of 8 and 11 years old, wearing a strap or leash while performing oral sex on an adult man.
According to the Staten Island Advance, Martinez has been suspended from the NYPD without pay.