A dispatcher at the Camp Pendleton Fire Department in Southern California has been arrested on suspicion of multiple charges related to child pornography after a lengthy investigation.
The investigation began in June when detectives and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force were able to obtain videos of child pornography online from 52-year-old William Francis Walsh, according to Escondido Police.
In July, police used a search warrant and took computer equipment from Walsh's home. During forensic analysis, they claim they found an extensive collection of child pornography images and videos downloaded and distributed electronically from the residence.
Tuesday night, police arrested Walsh at his attorney’s office on multiple charges including possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child,
advertising child pornography for distribution and matter depicting child sexual sadism/masochism
A Camp Pendleton spokesperson confirmed in a statement that Walsh worked on base as a fire department dispatcher. and that Walsh is not active military, but a civilian government employee.
The spokesperson said Walsh has been placed in a non-pay status pending further outcome and that that policy in such cases is to terminate employment if the employee is found guilty.
Escondido police tell NBC 7 that NCIS assisted in the investigation and that police say the evidence they gathered indicated that no computer on Camp Pendleton was used in the alleged crimes.
William Francis Walsh posted bail of just over $400,000 dollars on Wednesday.
It is unclear when he will appear in court for his arraignment.