Former officer gets 2 1/2 years for buying child porn

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for buying child pornography over the internet.

Gabriel Albala, 45, was sentenced this week in Fort Lauderdale federal court, according to court records. The former Boynton Beach police officer pleaded guilty in January to possessing child pornography.

The FBI learned of Albala following the arrest of a man who sold child pornography on the internet, according to court records. Investigators used the seller’s records to track down his customers, including Albala. When officers executed a search warrant at Albala’s home, they reported finding a computer that contained multiple images of children engaged in sexual activity. Some of the videos involved children under 12. Law enforcement also found child pornography on Albala’s cellular telephone.

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