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article imageNYPD auxiliary cop busted on child pornography charges

By Shawn Kay     Sep 8, 2011 in Crime
West Babylon - An auxiliary police sergeant of the New York City Police Department was arrested on Monday by Suffolk County authorities for allegedly owning and promoting child pornography.
NYPD auxiliary police sergeant Patrick Steiner, 42, of West Babylon, was arrested by the Suffolk County Police Department on Monday for having digital pornographic images of children.
According to the, detectives with the Computer Crimes Unit conducted an undercover sting operation that traced people who traded online child pornography.
Detectives allege that Steiner had in his possession numerous digital video images of children performing sex acts.
He has been charged with five counts each of possessing a sexual performance by a child and promoting a sexual performance by a child.
Each count is a felony charge.
Along with being a volunteer sergeant with the NYC auxiliary police, authorities say Steiner worked for Starlight Entertainment, a disc jockey music service that provides entertainment at parties and special events.
He is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip, Long Island.
The New York City Police Department's auxiliary police to which sergeant Steiner was a member of is a subdivision of the NYPD itself and serves as an all-volunteer, unarmed reserve police force.
According to the NYPD, auxiliary police officers, " provide extra "eyes and ears" for the Police Department by performing uniformed foot, vehicle and bicycle patrols. They are trained to observe and report conditions requiring the services of the regular police. Whenever possible, they assist in non-enforcement and non-hazardous duties."
Auxiliary police officers do not have peace officer status or police powers of any sort. As such, they can not effect arrests, search and seizures or issue summons.
They assist the NYPD with uniformed patrols and provide traffic and crowd control at vehicular accidents, fires, demonstrations and other major events.
Many members of the auxiliary police are civic-minded citizens of the city who want to see less criminal activity in their communities. Whereas the younger members tend to use the auxiliary police force as a stepping-stone or as a way to test-drive a law enforcement career before making a decision to become a NYPD police officer.
The NYPD Auxiliary Police program is the largest of it's kind in the U.S. with at least 4,500 members.
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