Former MU police officer under investigation in child pornography incident

Monday, May 3, 2010 | 3:49 p.m. CDT; updated 9:57 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — A former MU police officer who resigned following child pornography claims is being investigated by the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

Nathan Roberts resigned about a month ago after he was connected to a thumb drive containing pornographic images of children.

Another officer found the thumb drive in a computer in one of the police cars and turned it over to a supervisor, MU Police Chief Jack Watring said.

“We did an internal investigation, and when we confronted the officer with the information, he resigned,” Watring said.

Watring said he also called Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey to request that the Internet Crimes Task Force investigate the case.

All information in the case has been turned over to the task force, which focuses on crimes committed using computers and the Internet.

Task force officials said they could not comment on the case because it is ongoing.

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