Tucson headlines: TPD officer leaves over sex chats; Child porn arrest; Metal theft suspect arrest

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson Police officer is resigning before facing termination as he's currently under investigation for potential crimes committed while off duty.

Lieutenant Rick Hovden is accused of chatting on-line in a conversation concerning sexual contact with kids.

TPD placed Hovden on leave after the Pima County sheriff's department got a search warrant for his home.

"This is embarrassing to the department. This hurts all of the reputations and the integrity of the men and women of this department, both sworn and non-sworn, who do a fantastic job everyday protecting the safety of this community," said Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor.

Chief Villaseñor says even if Hovden isn't charged with a crime, he's admitted to enough to support firing him.

He served with TPD for 23 years.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A behavior health aide at the Mary Meredith K12 school has been arrested on child porn charges.

Tucson police say they found an image on Michael Corum's computer showing a 15-year-old student with severe developmental disabilities, in a compromising pose.

They believe the 49-year-old took the photo at the school.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson police think they've caught the men who've been stealing metal drain grates in the area.

Douglas Maness and Matthew McClellan are accused of wearing reflective vests to look legit as they stole drain grates in Tucson, Marana and Pima County, then selling them to a scrap yard.

The metal recycling business cooperated with police to help track them down.

Law enforcement was trying to catch them because of the cost of replacing the drain gates and the danger to the public of driving or falling into the large holes left when they're taken.

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