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May 13, 2013 10:31 PM by Lupita Murillo

Former officer waiting for transfer back to Pima Co.

TUCSON - The former Tucson Police officer arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor remains in the Yavapai County Jail under a $100,000 dollar bond.

Last week Tucson Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit served a search warrant on Martin Ward's parents' house. They seized multiple videos depicting child pornography.

The former officer was arrested by U.S. Marshal's Friday night in Prescott. He is waiting for transfer back to Pima County.

News 4 Tucson obtained court documents, and TPD internal affairs reports on Martin Ward. Internal affairs reports show Ward's troubles began in 2011 when he was involved in an "on-duty traffic collision." He was also suspended for failing "to obey a direct order to remain at home while on imposed leave."

The documents show, the Pima County Sheriff's Department was called to Ward's home in 2012. At that time, he was living with his girlfriend and their child.

PCSD says Officer Ward was "severely intoxicated and behaving disorderly." He told officers he'd "taken prescription medication" and also "made a suicidal statement." He was taken to the "hospital for treatment."

The report shows when he returned he took his "girlfriend's clothes" and took them to "goodwill."

She took out a restraining order, Ward contested it. A judge upheld it, and the report shows "It allowed Officer Ward to possess a firearm during working hours." He is "prohibited from possessing a firearm at all other times."

During the investigation it was learned Officer Ward applied for "FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)benefits and listed (his girlfriend) and referred to her as his wife. The documents show Officer Ward admitted "filling out the forms falsely."

He resigned in lieu of termination.

In a court document regarding Thursday's search warrant, four pages of items were seized from Ward's parents' house on the city's east side. Mostly "computers, cell phones, and cd's."
The detective says the investigation began in March. Ward appears to have downloaded a video file that "depicts a pubescent female teen in front of a web camera".

In April detectives tracked information that led to Ward's parents' house.

The search warrant also says prior police reports show Ward had been in a chat room where people were speaking of having sexual relations with a 4-year-old female. Ward was questioned and made an excuse that he was trying to set up his ex-girlfriend and denied he had an interest in children.


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