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Gretna police officer accused of distributing child porn

Ronald Dale Black, 60, was arrested on Monday. He was a Gretna Police officer assigned to the department’s Court Security Division (photo via PPSO). Ronald Dale Black, 60, was arrested on Monday. He was a Gretna Police officer assigned to the department’s Court Security Division (photo via PPSO).
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

A Gretna police officer has been accused of distributing child pornography.

Ronald Dale Black, 60, was arrested on Monday. He was a Gretna Police officer assigned to the department’s Court Security Division.

On August 2, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the distribution of pornography involving juveniles. During the investigation, deputies say Black shared a software file with an undercover detective.

Investigators say that the shared file contained child pornography. The video depicted a pre-pubescent female, approximately 4 to 6 years old, engaged in sexual intercourse with an adult male, according to detectives.

A court order was obtained for the internet service provider that was utilized to transmit the video, deputies say, which was registered to Black at his home.

A search warrant was obtained for Black’s residence. The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police executed the search warrant on Monday.

Black was located at his home. He denied knowledge of possessing or distributing child porn, deputies say. He allegedly told investigators that he was the only person who lived in the home and who had access to his computer and network.

Deputies conducted an on-site forensic examination of his computer drive and found a file containing child pornography, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office. Several items were seized during the investigation, including Black’s laptop, tablet, hard drive, DVDs and cell phones.

He was booked into Belle Chasse Lockup on one count of distribution of child porn. Officers say additional charges may be filed. He remains in jail on an $85,000 bond.

Officers say this is not the first time Black has faced trouble trouble in Plaquemines Parish. Last July, Black was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a child. However, he was not charged.  

Black was placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a Gretna Police Department spokesperson.

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