Port Authority officer arrested on child pornography charges

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — John Princeton, a current officer with the Virginia Port Authority, was arrested Wednesday in Virginia Beach for almost 40 counts of child pornography.

10 On Your Side also learned the 51-year-old is a former Portsmouth Police detective. He spent almost two decades with that department.

The Port Authority issued this statement Thursday:

The Port of Virginia has been advised by the Virginia Beach Police Department that a Virginia Port Authority Police officer was arrested on Feb. 14, 2018. At this time, the port has placed the officer on unpaid administrative leave and is conducting an internal investigation. The Virginia Port Authority Police Department will cooperate with the Virginia Beach Police Department’s ongoing investigation.”

Princeton is being held in the Virginia Beach Jail without bond. He’s scheduled to have a bond hearing this Wednesday and a preliminary hearing is slated for April 12.

He declined 10 On Your Side’s request for an interview.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported a trial for John Princeton was scheduled for April 12.

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