Retired LAPD Detective Charged With Child Porn Possession, Distribution

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A retired LAPD detective was expected to appear in court Wednesday to face child pornography charges in connection with more than 600 images that were allegedly found in his Downey home.

Charles Daniel Henderson, 69, was charged in February with two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

His arraignment hearing was expected in the downtown L.A. criminal courts building.

Henderson served with the Los Angeles Police Department for about 20 years, a news release from the DA’s office said.

He allegedly uploaded child porn in May 2014. Investigators who served a search warrant at his home in Downey in October found “more than 600 images of child or youth pornography,” the release stated.

He distributed the porn through email in May 2014, while the 600-plus images were found in his possession in October 2014, the criminal complaint against him states. Ten or more of the images included a child under 12 years old, according to the complaint.

Inmate records showed Henderson was arrested by Downey police and released four hours later on Feb. 20.

Prosecutors planned to ask that his bail be set at $80,000.

If convicted as charged, Henderson could be sentenced to up to six years, four months in state prison.

The Downey Police Department was continuing to investigation, according to the DA’s office.