Farmington Hills Police officer faces child porn charges

A 20-year veteran of the Farmington Hills Police Department has been suspended without pay and faces criminal charges, after a state investigation uncovered evidence of child pornography on his personal electronic devices.

Matthew Parsons, 48, was placed on administrative leave after an investigation conducted during the past week, Police Chief Chuck Nebus said in a statement released to media Sunday afternoon.

Investigators from the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Criminal Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served search warrants on May 25 at the Farmington Hills Police Station on 11 Mile Road and interviewed Parsons, who was suspended after his arrest. He was arraigned Saturday on several felony charges and is being held at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac. According to the jail’s website, bond was set at $300,000.

Nebus described the allegations as “shocking and devastating” and said his department fully cooperated with investigators.

“Members of the department were stunned to learn of the State investigation,” he said. “Officers shared with me that they want our residents to know that this incident is not reflective of the integrity and dedication of the officers who proudly serve and protect this community. Nothing is more important than earning and maintaining community trust.”

A mandated internal department investigation and hearing will determine Parsons’ future employment status.

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