Retired Johnstown police officer Warren S. Maas, the department’s former DARE officer, is charged with possessing child pornography on his computer.
State Police arrested the 55-year-old Maas on Thursday following a seven-month investigation.
Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira said a family member discovered the images in 2006 and alerted authorities.
Maas, who retired about 11 years ago after a 20-year career as a Johnstown police officer, served as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer for at least three years, a department spokesman said.
After retirement, Maas ran a restaurant that specialized in hot dogs.
Most recently, Maas has been an employee in the security department at Nathan Littauer Hospital, where he has been suspended without pay.
Sira said it must be recognized that this alleged crime took place “well after he retired.” Still, she said, “it’s a sad commentary on someone who at one time swore to protect and serve.”
She said the images were of young girls. She said she is aware of the source of the material, but declined to discuss it.
Maas’ lawyer, Gerard V. Heckler of Johnstown, declined to discuss the case.
Sira said the arrest was delayed while the state police computer lab examined two computers seized from Maas.
Maas was arraigned in Johnstown City Court on one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to 11⁄3 to four years.
Bail was set at $3,000, which Maas posted.
State Police investigators said Maas had at least a dozen images on the computer.
The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation was assisted in the case by the agency’s computer crimes unit.
Sira said she expects to present the case to a grand jury.
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