Ex-Police Chief Accused of Possessing Child Porn

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    Police say an investigation of a former officer accused of harassing a detective turned up child pornography.

    A former Central Texas police officer has been arrested on suspicion of seven felony counts, including child pornography and prostitution charges.

    Michael Meissner, who has reportedly worked for 17 police agencies in the last 18 years, was arrested Monday in Arlington.

    Combine police said they began investigating Meissner after he allegedly began making threatening telephone calls about Detective J. Hoskins to the police department and city officials in April.

    Combine is in Dallas and Kaufman counties.

    Hoskins, who previously worked with Meissner, had accused the other man of being a "gypsy cop" who jumped from department to department. He and other officers even launched a Web site about their complaints about Meissner.

    Combine police said they discovered child pornography and other material that indicated possible sex with a minor while investigating Meissner's telephone and e-mail records.

    He faces charges in Dallas County of misuse of official information, engaging in organized criminal activity and obstruction/retaliation against the Combine Police Department.

    Meissner has also been charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution, sexual performance by a child, criminal possession of child pornography and engaging in organized criminal activity in Tarrant County.

    Meissner left his job with the police department in Little River-Academy, about 150 miles away from Dallas, earlier this year, according to the Dallas Morning News.

    He is being held at the Dallas County Jail under a $1.5 million bail.