A Miami-Dade Police officer has been relieved of duty following his arrest Thursday on child pornography charges.
David Jay Behney, 33, was arrested on 19 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child, Miami-Dade jail records showed.
Behney appeared in court Friday, where a judge set his bond at $95,000. His wife and mother-in-law were there to support him, and it was learned he has three children.
The judge ordered Behney to have no contact with any minors, including his own children. He also has to turn in his passport and cannot possess weapons.
"The only comment I can make is that these are very serious charges, it’s still very early in the case, and of course everyone is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty," defense attorney Diego Weiner said.
The police department released a statement Thursday saying they were coordinating a criminal investigation into the matter with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.
According to an arrest warrant, the investigation into Behney began in September when police received a tip that someone uploaded child pornography on the Kik messenger.
Investigators used the Kik account and IP address and traced them back to Behney, the warrant said.
Police Director George Perez released a statement Thursday on the investigation.
"Our children trust us to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. Not only as law enforcement, but as a father, a crime against a child is intolerable and will never be accepted," Perez said in a statement. "It sickens me to learn that one of our law enforcement officers is involved in betraying that trust. We will ensure transparency to our community and will provide an update as this investigation continues."
No other information was immediately known.
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