Former Newington Police Officer arrested on child porn charges

Mark Dichiara (Photo: Connecticut State Police)
Mark Dichiara (Photo: Connecticut State Police)

BURLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 has learned that a former officer with the Newington Police Department has been arrested and will face child pornography charges.

48-year-old Mark Dichiara of Burlington turned himself into Troop-H in Hartford on an active arrest warrant.

State Police say they began an investigation back in April into the sharing of child pornography over the internet. Police were able to trace the activity to a home at 16 Mountain Briar in Burlington.

A search warrant was executed on May 3, at which time Dichiara was developed as a suspect.

Several items were seized from the home. Police say an examination of those items led to the discovery of suspected child pornography files.

Dichara was released on a $100,000 bond. He is due in court on September 26.

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