Retired Phoenix police sergeant arrested on child porn charges

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Erika Flores

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 9:28 AM

PHOENIX -- A retired Phoenix police sergeant was arrested after authorities reportedly found child pornography inside his Chandler home Friday.

Detectives from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at 61-year-old Robert Carrillo's home near Kyrene and Ray roads.

"Police showed up in my backyard ... asking if they could get on my roof and survey a house across the street," Doug Grounds said.

"A couple of snipers wanted to climb up because they were getting ready to arrest the neighbor across the street," Holly Grounds added.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos said detectives located a large number of images depicting child pornography.

Carrillo declined to answer questions but was ultimately booked into jail on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

"I think it's horrible," Doug Grounds said. "Taking advantage of young people is just the worst thing that can be."

Neighbors were shocked, saying Carrillo kept to himself but that they never saw anything suspicious.

"It's kind of scary to think that something like that can happen right across the street and you don't know it," Doug Grounds said.

He said he knew Carrillo had worked for the Phoenix Police Department and felt more secure living close to an officer.

"For this to happen, it just makes you think a little bit," he added.

"They're supposed to uphold the law," Holly Grounds said.

Martos confirmed that Carrillo retired earlier this year after 37 years with the department.

Carrillo was one of two officers shot while responding to a shots fired call in Phoenix in 1999.

Martos said the investigation is ongoing.

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