According to a report by Reuters, California deputy attorney general Raymond Liddy, 53, was arrested in Coronado, California on Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession.
After a months-long investigation which resulted in findings of minors under the age of 12 engaging in sexual acts on various electronics devices allegedly belonging to Liddy, the deputy AG pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, according to the LA Times. Liddy was allowed release in lieu of $100,000 bond and was placed on house arrest along with GPS monitoring.
According to court documents, the investigation into Liddy reportedly began in January after the Center for Missing and Exploited Children received tips that an electronics user — later purportedly identified by law enforcement as Liddy — had uploaded offending and illegal images.
Libby — who allegedly claimed to be a 48-year-old married man with children when online — reportedly told investigators in July that he would engage in trading "sexual fantasies" with others on the internet, and would sometimes save sexually explicit images.
He also told purportedly told investigators that he deleted the images, but "may" have forwarded some of them in error.
A spokesperson for the California Attorney General's office on Wednesday acknowledged the arrest, and added that Liddy had been placed on administrative leave as a result of the legal action.
Liddy — a reserve Marine colonel — received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and has been a state prosecutor for California since 2008.
Liddy is due back in court for a preliminary hearing Aug 8.
CBS 8 reported that Liddy is the son of former FBI agent and lawyer G. Gordon Liddy, who was a key figure in former President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal.
G. Gordon Liddy was responsible for organizing the burglary of the DNC headquarters in June 1972.