REDDING, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol officer charged with numerous felonies, including possession of child pornography, was back in court Monday afternoon.
45-year-old Gerald "Gary" Harris has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of possessing child porn, one felony for unauthorized use of a computer, one misdemeanor count for annoying a child and two special allegations.
He's already pleaded not guilty to possessing assault weapons, explosives, a controlled substance and embezzlement.
He was in court Monday afternoon where his attorney, Joe Gazzigli, said plea deal negotiations are in the works.
Right now, trial dates are set for January.
Gazzigli said while there's still the chance of a trial happening, he's hopeful that he will come to a resolution with prosecutors.
"Mr. Harris is profoundly concerned about the case and obviously feels he's innocent, but on the other hand, there's always the risk of trial and the publicity. He would like to get his life back in order," Gazzigli said.
The report from CHP investigators says they found numerous flash drives and computer discs during their investigation at his Anderson home.
On one flash drive, a photo was found of a former student in his wife's second grade class at Meadow Lane. The camera was focused on her private parts and was date stamped September 2010. Investigators tracked the identity of the student and found she now lives in Roseville. The student said she remembered Harris being in the classroom everyday "after lunch and would leave shortly before school let out."
Investigators found a second flash drive at Harris' home. It contained more than 100 pictures of child erotica and nudity that were evidence in another CHP case.
The report also mentioned an incident from several years ago when pornography was found on the computer in Mrs. Harris' classroom. The school's computer technician asked Mrs. Harris about it. She said she didn't know where it came from, but, according to the report, speculated it may have come from her husband. The tech reported the incident to the school's Superintendent at that time.
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