Phoenix police officer pleads not guilty to charges

A Phoenix police officer pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence and sexual misconduct on Thursday.
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A Phoenix police officer pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence and sexual misconduct on Thursday.
 
Phoenix police say one of their officers who was arrested last week for domestic violence is now facing new charges. Authorities say Richard Tucker allegedly kept photos of a nude young girl and was charged sexual exploitation of a minor. 
 
"The defendant has a position of trust in this community that he has seriously violated," said the prosecutor in court.
 
According to court documents an unnamed witness discovered the pictures while removing a box from a shelf. The box fell and photographs fell out of several envelopes.
 
Police claim 26 images were found showing a young girl with no clothes on. The prosecutor says the suspect had been taking pictures of the victim for years.
 
"This is not a one time deal, there are multiple pictures of this child posing in sexually explicit manners by the defendant," said the prosecutor.
 
When interviewed, the victim even told investigators that she feared the suspect would take her from school and hurt her. Investigators also claim they found a journal where they believe the officer wrote about the attributes of female subjects he encountered while on duty.
 
"Instead of really focusing more on his job, he is noticing they have nice breasts. So the state has concerns for the victim and other members of the community," said the prosecutor.
 
Tucker had been an officer with the police department for just one year. Last week he was charged with assault with strangulation, criminal damage, and domestic violence.  He remains on administrative leave.
 
A judge ordered Tucker be held on a $250,000 bond. 

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