KEY POINTS

  • A 28-year-old cop was arrested after investigators found videos depicting minors engaging in sexual acts on his phone
  • He was charged with two counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child
  • He was released without bail

An off-duty New York City police officer was arrested and subsequently released on Friday after investigators found he allegedly possessed child pornography on his phone, authorities said.

Mitchell Emile, 28, was arrested inside the 84th Precinct of the New York City Police Department when an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation led authorities to discover two videos depicting young boys in sexual situations on the officer's cellular phone, the NY Daily News reported

Court papers said one of the videos depicted two boys between 10 and 14 years old engaging in sexual acts with each other while the other video showed a young boy pleasuring himself.

The six-year veteran of the force from the 76th precinct was charged with two counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, local newspaper AM Metro New York reported.

Emile was released without bail at his arraignment on Friday evening. "I have no comment, I just want my case to play out," the officer said.

A similar case at the start of the year involving another NYPD officer led to the officer being suspended and arrested. 

Officer Carmine Simpson, 26, was arrested and ordered without bail on Jan. 28 on a child pornography charge after he was discovered to have sent and solicited sexually explicit materials to and from minors online.

State prosecutors said Simpson allegedly used social media site Twitter to send sexually explicit messages to 46 minors and persuaded some of them to send the officer nude pictures. He also allegedly asked for sexual acts through the phone and sometimes encouraged the minors to commit self-harm. It was revealed Simpson had collected 18 photos and 33 videos of minors he instructed to act in a sexually suggestive manner, along with other images used for sexual arousal.

Claiming Simpson was more of a danger to the community than typical child pornography defendants because he allegedly encouraged some of the victims to commit self-harm, a judge ordered the officer jailed without bail. He was then suspended without pay by the police department.

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