- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped child rape and child pornography charges against a former Amesbury police officer over improper searches.

The NewburyportDaily News (http://bit.ly/2jfgaHn ) reports that the Essex District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed formal notices with Salem Superior Court that they are ceasing prosecution of 64-year-old David Connor.

The move comes after prosecutors opted not to appeal a judge’s ruling that images found on Connor’s computer were the result of a search that went beyond what was authorized by a search warrant.

Prosecutors had previously dropped a sexual assault case against Connor after a child recanted.

Connor was first charged in 2015.

He was an Amesbury police officer from 1977 until 1991, when he lost his job amid allegations of misconduct and police brutality.

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Information from: The Daily News of Newburyport (Mass.), http://www.newburyportnews.com

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