Child Porn Charges to be Filed Against Redding CHP Officer
A Redding California Highway Patrol Officer's case was put on hold again as he waits for charges regarding child pornography to be filed.
45-year-old Gerald "Gary" Harris already faces thirteen felony counts, including possession of assault weapons, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of explosives.
He is also being charged with a misdemeanor for embezzlement.
He was in court Wednesday morning. Harris' defense attorney, Joe Gazzigli, asked the judge to put the case on hold until further charges are filed by the Shasta County District Attorney. The judge granted this hold.
We talked with Gazzigli outside of the courthouse where he told us he knows there are going to be more charges filed against Harris regarding child pornography and misuse of a computer.
He said the District Attorney will either amend the current charges by adding the new ones or will file a separate case. Either way, Gazzigli said he hopes to end up addressing all the charges at the same time.
When asked about the child pornography allegations against Harris, he told us there is apparently some computer CD discs that have pictures of "young girls in compromising positions." He told us there are also some shots of minors engaging in sexual activity, where one of the minors is believed to be a 12 year old boy.
As for his other charges, Gazzigli said Harris' assault weapons were not considered assault weapons at the time of purchase. He says Harris has admitted that the methadone pills found in his home were taken from an arrestee and that he had just forgotten to book them.
Gazzigli said he is still being paid as an employee of the CHP, but is not on duty.
Harris was served with a search warrant on his Deschutes Road home in Anderson on February 21st.
He turned himself in on March 2nd and then posted $100,000 bail.
Harris will be back in court July 23rd for arraignment of his new charges and to discuss whether or not all his charges will be handled together.
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