A seven-year veteran of the Mountain Police Department has been placed on paid leave following his arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
Mountain View police placed 36-year-old officer Kevin Nguyen on paid administrative leave Tuesday (May 13) after he was arrested by the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) following a joint investigation with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC).
Detectives from SJPD and ICAC Task Force members apprehended Nguyen at the Mountain View Police Department without incident after executing a search warrant at his home in San Jose. Detectives booked Nguyen into Santa Clara County main jail for possession and distribution of child pornography. Detectives discovered child pornography on a computer in Nguyen’s home, according to SJPD.
A post on the Mountain View Police department blog (mountainviewpoliceblog.com) Wednesday (May 14) called the allegations against Nguyen “deeply unsettling.” The post added that the department will continue to work cooperatively with SJPD in the investigation. The police department pledged to launch its own internal administrative investigation.
“This is an extremely difficult time not only for our police department family, but also for the Mountain View community and for any innocent parties involved,” the post stated. “Rest assured, we remain committed to providing the very highest-level of service to you and will work tirelessly to continue to provide a sense of safety, security and transparency to the City of Mountain View.”
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the San Jose Police Department’s Child Exploit Detail at (408) 537-1381.