The Long Beach Police Department has made an arrest of a police officer currently employed with the Los Angeles Police Department and booked for charges related to child sexual abuse material.
In October of 2020, detectives from the Long Beach Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding possible online distribution or sharing of child sexual abuse material. During their investigation, detectives gathered sufficient information to identify the suspect and develop probable cause for an arrest.
Detectives identified the suspect responsible for these alleged crimes as 52-year-old James Diamond. On Wednesday morning, May 5, 2021, Diamond was taken into custody in the City of Huntington Beach as he was outside of a business on the on the 5000 block of Bolsa Avenue. Search warrants were subsequently served at Diamond’s residence in the City of Long Beach and at his place of employment in the City of Los Angeles. Diamond was booked on two felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography and two felony counts of Distribution of Obscene Matter Depicting a Minor. Diamond’s bail was set at $100,000.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau has been notified of Diamond’s arrest and the department will be conducting an administrative investigation. Any questions related to Diamond’s employment status or the administrative investigation can be directed to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Anyone with any information regarding the investigation is urged to contact LBPD Computer Crimes Detectives Julie Lacey or Laurie Barajas at (562) 570-7223. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.