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Las Vegas

Retired police chief says detective helped mayor delete 'child pornography' from his iPad

John Lee said he was not investigated for possession of child pornography and he is the one who is the victim.

THE FORMER LAS Vegas Police Chief has claimed North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee asked for help removing what he believed to be child pornography from his personal iPad and that he received special treatment.

Speaking to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Joseph Chronister, who retired this week, said a detective helped the mayor remove the content from his iPad.

The police report on the incident said the mayor claimed he was sent an email and several images he thought were child pornography popped up. The detective found no emails of this kind on the iPad but did find three links to pornographic websites in the browser history.

I did locate several possible photos that could be considered child porno­graphy, but since they were in a different country, I could not verify the age of the people pictured,” the detective wrote in his report.

His investigation lasted one day and the detective took the iPad to an Apple Store to have it wiped the next day.

“We’re talking about the mayor of North Las Vegas,” Chronister said. “He is a person of authority. He is a person of power. He absolutely has the ability to control certain aspects of our department.”

Lee told the Las Vegas Review Journal he was not investigated for possession of child pornography and that he was a victim in all of this. He said he contacted police because he was worried children were being harmed and he thought the right thing to do was to give the iPad to the police in case it helped catch a criminal.

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