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Child porn arrest: New documents highlight former TPD officer's troubled past

Marcelino Benito

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Child porn arrest: New documents highlight former TPD officer's troubled past

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED May 13, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - 9OYS obtained former TPD officer Martin Ward's personnel records. It gives us a better picture of why he lost his job in the first place. It also gives us a glimpse of a man unraveling in a matter of months.

Ward's troubles started long before his arrest last Friday. Documents detail a 911 call from his girlfriend last summer. Pima County Sheriff's Deputies found him "extremely intoxicated". Ward had "taken pills" and was "bleeding from his knees and elbows". His girlfriend told deputies Ward was "tearing the place up". That night they took Ward in for mental treatment.

Two days later, TPD put him on leave. He's told to stay home, but doesn't. Then the girlfriend slaps with him a restraining order for her and their daughter. Police say he told her he installed a "stalker app" on her cell phone. Then there's the porn. She told police she found homemade porn on his computer.

Ward resigned in December after TPD said they were about to fire him. Other strikes against him include forging a medical document and theft. Fast forward 5 months, and Ward was wanted on child porn charges. U.S. Marshals tracked him to Prescott Valley and say based on what they found, he had no intention of turning himself in.

"Scissors and hair dye, things a fugitive would have used to hide his identity," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Daniel Leyva.

And because he was a former cop law enforcement felt the heat to bring him in.

"Anytime you have someone who knows your tactics as a law enforcement officer, it makes it that much more dangerous," said Leyva.

The U.S. Marshals say he was arrested without incident. They tell us they did not find weapons on him. He's being held on a $100,000 bond and is awaiting his return to Tucson.