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Police officer of the year caught with videos showing 6-year-old children having sex

By Mason White 9:46 AM September 24, 2015
Michael Harding 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A police officer, who was named police officer of the year, was arrested on a charge of sending and receiving child pornography after allegedly possessing a large amount of videos, showing young children engaging in sex acts, police in Florida said.

Port St. Lucie police said that they have arrested Officer Michael Harding, 27, after being caught with child pornography videos, showing children as young as 6 years old engaging in sex acts.

He was charged with sending and receiving child pornography, and he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Police officers who searched the home of Harding, found flash drives containing several videos of young children performing sexual acts.

Harding is also accused of distributing child pornography.

Harding was named the Officer of the Year in 2011 in Fort Pierce. Harding was placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.