- Associated Press - Thursday, December 12, 2019

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) - A Pinal County detention officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Phoenix police said the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 42-year-old Rick Vasquez on Wednesday at his Coolidge home.

Authorities said child pornography allegedly was discovered on Vasquez’s cellphone.

Vasquez reportedly told authorities that he distributed the pictures and videos through social media.

Authorities said Vasquez faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children.



County Sheriff’s officials said Vasquez has been put on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Vasquez who could comment on the allegations.

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