Bobby Dozier, who served on the force from 1994 to 2006 and now works as a self-employed contractor, was arrested Monday along with roommate Mark Otts at their home at 1200 Maxwell St.
Capt. Chuck Bunn said the arrests of the two 45-year-old men were the result of a joint effort by the police department and Office of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
The investigation used a number of technologies to help track down suspected child predators, according to Bunn. Several computers and electronic devices were seized by police during the arrest.
Since joining the ICAC Unit in February, the Tupelo Police Department has made five arrests dealing with child pornography cases, two of which were joint investigations with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
“We want to get people who prey on children off the streets,” said Bunn. “I feel like since joining this task force we’ve made a good effort in doing just that.”
Dozier’s bond was set at $50,000 and Otts’ at $15,000. Bunn said different justice court judges set the bonds, which may have contributed to the difference in the amounts.
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