Retired Cincinnati police officer arrested on child porn charges

PORT HURON, Mich. – A retired Cincinnati police officer was arrested this week on child pornography charges.

Robert Glassmeyer, 61, was arrested Sunday at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan after returning from Ontario, Canada.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they searched a video camera in Glassmeyer’s bag when they found several images of child pornography.

He was arrested on charges of possession and transportation of child pornography.

Homeland Security special agents searched Glassmeyer’s Cincinnati home Tuesday morning. Officials would not comment on the search.

The investigation is part of Homeland Security’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, agents say they have arrested more than 10,000 people for crimes against children. Charges have included the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors and child sex trafficking.

Glassmeyer is being held at the Wayne County Jail until a detention hearing on July 2.

His arrest isn't the first of its kind for former Cincinnati police officers.

Ex-Cincinnati officer Randolph Grote was indicted Aug. 1, 2012 on one count of possession of child pornography. Grote resigned from the Cincinnati Police Department on the same day.

Homeland Security investigators said they traced child porn to Grote’s home address. Agents in Cincinnati searched Grote’s home in October 2011 and obtained computers and media storage devices.

Forensic examinations later revealed “images of children engaged in illicit sexual activity," officials said.

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