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Local Officer Arrested In Child Porn Case

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A veteran Berry Hill police officer was arrested and charged after child pornography was discovered at his home.

"Everybody was just stunned. They couldn't believe this was Bob," said Chief Robert Bennett.

Murfreesboro Sex Crimes Detectives arrested 56-year-old Robert White, a corporal with the Berry Hill police department on Friday afternoon. He has been accused of five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

"If he's is proven guilty of these charges, I will be there recommending the maximum sentence," said Bennett.

Detectives, acting on a tip, searched White's Murfreesboro home and discovered the disturbing material on his computer.

"They discovered a memory storage device which was child porn in nature," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police.

Fellow officers were shocked at White's arrest. He served a distinguished 20 years career in the Marines before working for another 14 years in law enforcement, the past four in Berry Hill. White was suspended in 2011 for a his handling of a domestic incident, but had no other blemishes on his record.

White resigned just moments before his arrest. He was being held on $500,000 bond.

Investigators said there could be more charges pending.

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