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Former PRP fire captain arrested on child porn charges

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James Mason (Source: LMDC) James Mason (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A former high-ranking Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department official was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges.

James Mason, 40, stepped down from his post as captain of the PRP Fire Department when he learned he was under investigation.

His arrest came after a six-month investigation by Jeffersontown Police.

Investigators said a family member looking for family photos on Mason's computer in June found child porn instead. According to police, that person confronted Mason, who admitted he had a problem. The family member then contacted police.

"On that day, we served two search warrants, one at his residence here in Jeffersontown and one at the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department," said Major Kenneth Hatmaker with Jeffersontown Police Department. "We contacted Pleasure Ridge Park, had their full cooperation in this matter and subsequent to those search warrants, located a computer and hard drive that Mr. mason had tampered with and attempted to destroy."

That computer, Hatmaker said, was found hidden inside a dumpster behind the PRP Fire Department.

Police said the arrest was just made because forensics just came back on Mason's damaged computer.

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