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TUCSON, Ariz. A former Tucson police officer has been arrested following a months-long investigation into the online sharing of child pornography.

Tucson police say agents with the U.S. Marshals Service helped track 29-year-old Martin Ward to a motel in Prescott, where he was arrested late Friday. He's being held on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

It's not immediately clear if Ward as an attorney.

Ward was hired as a Tucson officer in April 2007. In December, he resigned rather than face termination following an unrelated internal investigation.

In March, detectives began investigating online sharing of child pornography in the Tucson area. They identified a person on the eastside of the city who was sharing multiple files.

A search warrant of the home turned up several child porn videos, and detectives identified Ward as the suspect.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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