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Retired Cincinnati police officer arrested on child pornography charges

DETROIT — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Tuesday the arrest of a retired police officer on child pornography charges at the port of entry in Port Huron.

Robert Glassmeyer, 61, was arrested Sunday at the Blue Water Bridge after returning from Ontario. During the course of a routine CBP inspection, officers searched a video camera that was in Glassmeyer's possession. The camera contained several images of child pornography. He was arrested on charges of possession and transportation of child pornography.

Glassmeyer had an initial appearance in federal court in Detroit Monday and was ordered held at the Wayne County Jail. A detention hearing is scheduled for July 2. HSI special agents searched Glassmeyer's Cincinnati home Tuesday morning. Details of the search are being withheld as the investigation is ongoing.

This investigation is part of HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI's Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.