Former Port Authority officer pleads guilty to child porn charges

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A former Port Authority officer could face up to 120 years in prison for child pornography charges.

WAVY’s Jason Marks reports John Princeton pleaded guilty to the charges in court on Wednesday. The 51-year-old was arrested in February on nearly 40 counts of child pornography.

According to a search warrant, Virginia Beach police caught Princeton after he was talking to an undercover agent whom he thought was a child.

24 items — including several laptops and tablets, CDs and cell phones — were seized in a search of Princeton’s house in February.

Police found the images after a year-long investigation. When detectives raided his home there were more than 50,000 files with child porn. There were 278,000 images.

Prosecutors say there were images of a young girl tied up having sex with a dog, files of girls as young as 3 having sex with men and even photos Princeton took himself.

Princeton admitted to detectives that he was downloading and sharing the graphic pictures.

The 51-year-old was a Port Authority Police Officer when he was arrested, and spent nearly two decades as a Portsmouth police detective.

Princeton is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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