July 15, 2006 - A Miami-Dade Police officer was arrested for child porn Thursday night after police say they found several pictures and videos on his home computer.
The cyber-crime task force of the police department arrested 38-year-old Franklin L. Smith, at his Southwest Ranches Home. The State Attorney’s office says he had several videos and pictures of children engaging in sexual acts on his home computer. Smith is a detective, who has been with the Miami-Dade Police force for at least 17 years.
An agent with the Child Predator Cyber-Crime Unit says Smith, a 17-year Miami-Dade police veteran, posted one of his videos on the internet, allowing them to track the origin of the video to him.
Officers went through Smith’s home seizing his computer.
The media relations department referred all other questions on the case to the State Attorney’s Office.
The suspect is charged with one count of Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child and five counts of Possession of Child Pornography. If found guilty, he could face 40 years in prison.