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Long Beach Cop Arrested for Child Porn Caught in Another Case

Long Beach Officer Noe Yanez, arrested last month on suspicion of possessing child pornography, has been arrested again, reports the Orange County Register. This time, it's because, amongst other things, he allegedly arranged to meet a minor for "lewd purposes."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Officer Yanez's original case came after he allegedly hit on a teenager while on patrol. Yanez then solicited explicit photographs of the victim via electronic messages. The victim eventually reported the incident to a School Resource officer, which started the investigation.

As part of the original investigation, Yanez's computer data and phone records were obtained and investigated. The information obtained apparently led to more victims and the new charges.

Arranging to meet a minor for lewd purposes, also known as Penal Code Section 288.4, is couched in semi-vague language involving motivation "by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in children."

The statute basically boils down to a prohibition on meeting children, minors, or someone the person believes is a minor for sexual conduct or behavior.

The punishment for that charge alone is a fine of up to $5,000, plus up to a year in jail. Had he actually shown up to the meeting, the penalty would have increased to a prison sentence of two, three, or four years.

In total, Noe Yanez faces 39 criminal counts from allegations of multiple relationships with underage girls dating back to 2008. Some of the charges go beyond mere photographs. He is accused of unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation, and false imprisonment, amongst other things, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

He remains on suspension from the police department pending the resolution of his cases.

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