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LAS VEGAS - A tip that started with Google led the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to arrest one of its own officers on child pornography charges, according to the arrest report. Metro investigators arrested 37-year-old James Henry, who has been with the force since 2002. Henry surrendered to investigators Thursday morning. He faces 10 counts each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. He is a patrol officer with the Convention Center Area Command.
In an afternoon news conference on Thursday, Deputy Chief Al Salinas said Metro received the tip two weeks ago and served a search warrant on Henry's home and 10 images were found on his computer that showed boys between the ages of 9 and 16. Officer Henry was put on paid administrative leave, at that time.
CCDC records indicate that Joseph Lawrance is facing 11 different charges including false statements to obstruct a public officer, reckless driving, driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on a one-way road.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson says the 31-year-old Lawrance was arrested a little before 1 a.m. Thursday after callers reported seeing a Toyota Tundra pickup driving the wrong way on U.S. 95 near Durango Drive. The 31-year-old was also charged with having an open alcohol container and prescription medication in his vehicle and possibly having a gun under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Lawrence has been placed on paid administrative leave while police investigate.
Google reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an image depicting sexual content involving a child had been uploaded and linked to a particular email address, the report said.