SFPD officer arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

A 37-year-old San Francisco police officer was arrested in Contra Costa County on Wednesday for allegedly possessing child pornography, according to police.

An investigation into Officer Joshua Enea, an Antioch resident, began in February after the Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit learned that Enea allegedly had child porn in his possession.

The 10-year veteran of the Police Department, who was removed from contact with the public during the investigation, has been suspended without pay.

According to department records, Enea was transferred on Feb. 8 from Northern Station to the Tactical Mounted Unit on Chief Bill Scott’s orders. Enea, who was not a member of the Tactical Unit, may have been assigned to the unit’s stables in Golden Gate Park.

“The public’s trust is of the utmost importance to the members of the SFPD,” the department said in a statement. “The department will continue to work hard with the community to build and maintain this trust. As the department has emphasized in the past, members will continue to hold each other accountable and will act swiftly to report any behavior that might bring dishonor to the Police Department and the city of San Francisco.”

That statement was echoed by Police Commission President Julius Turman.
“We stand with the department in its duty to thoroughly investigate individuals suspected of committing crimes and offenses in every segment of our community, including by a suspect who is a member of the SFPD,” Turman said in a statement.

“This is a very serious allegation of a crime,” he continued. “The Police Commission will ensure that our officers uphold and obey the law and that all persons, including officers, are afforded their constitutional rights and privileges, the same as any other suspect.”

Enea most recently worked at Northern Station, but has spent time at Taraval and Mission stations.

According to the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal, in October 2009 Enea was part of a contingent of officers who visited children in UCSF’s Palliative Care Unit.

According to the Journal, a group of officers came one evening and “spent a couple of hours visiting with teenaged patients in the ‘Teen Lounge.’ All had a great time, and the patients and staff were very grateful for the enthusiastic visits made by our members.”

Enea was booked into County Jail No. 1 in San Francisco at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday on suspection of possesing child pronogrphay and has had his bail set at $100,000, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

However, police officials said Enea will be charged in Contra Costa County.

Anyone who may have been a victim or had suspicious contact with Enea is asked to contact the Internal Affairs Criminal Unit at (415) 882-8420.

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