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Saturday December 24, 2011

Former San Juan Police Chief Denied Bail in Kiddie Porn Case

Former San Juan Police Chief Denied Bail in Kiddie Porn Case

Photo: Former Puerto Rico Police Chief- Hilton Cordero arrives at court

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Federal Judge Silvia Carreño on Thursday denied bail to the former chief of the San Juan Municipal Police, Hilton Cordero, who stands accused of 22 counts of production of child pornography.

Carreño justified her decision due to the flight risk and the danger that, in her judgment, the former police chief poses to society.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent testified at the hearing that law enforcement authorities found on Cordero’s computer explicit photos of minors in sexual situations.

Cordero, according to the agent, also exchanged messages with sexual content with a minor living near him in the San Juan suburb of Carolina.

The former police chief pleaded not guilty to the 22 charges during the hearing and he must now wait until Feb. 6, 2012, which is when the judge set his next court appearance, to learn the date his trial will begin.

The Cordero case caused great commotion on Puerto Rico by coinciding, at the beginning of last spring, with domestic violence incidents involving two other high-ranking cops: Richard Nazario and Juan Sergio Rubin.

The former members of the police top brass charged with maintaining public order and safety have appeared in the print media accused of sexual violence and abuse.