In the very Northern part of Texas lies the city of Perryton that has a population of just under 10,000 residents. One of the people charged with guarding the public safety of Perryton was 35-year-old Police Officer Aaron Daugherty. What the residents of Perryton didn’t know until recently was that Daugherty allegedly traded in child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik.
Federal investigators were said to have launched an investigation into child porn trading on Kik. Kik provided the investigators with information that led them to Daugherty. Not only is Daugherty believed to have traded in child porn that depicted victims that were toddlers and infants, Daugherty is also said to have entered a Kik chat room proclaiming “I’m here to look at CP, everybody. Go on with the CP content!”
This is normally where I’d say that police need to be held to a higher standard, but I’ll hand it over to federal investigators…
“Mr. Daugherty’s alleged conduct not only victimized children, it shattered the public’s trust given to him as a police officer,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “The Department of Justice will not tolerate anyone who uses the internet to prey on children for sexual gratification.”
“Law enforcement officers are held to the highest standards,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno. “Instead of protecting our most vulnerable population this defendant exploited them by allegedly viewing, uploading and sharing child pornography. We will continue to work with our partners to serve justice for these innocent victims.”
Daugherty is looking at a potential sentence of 20 years behind bars.
While it’s good to see Kik cooperating with investigators, let’s not forget that it’s also a haven for sex offenders, pedophiles, child porn collectors, and child traffickers. Sadly, it seems that some of them are even police officers.