Maplewood Police Officer Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
Written by: Sam Orlando
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - Shockwaves reverberate through the law enforcement community as a Maplewood police officer finds himself on the wrong side of the law, facing charges in a child pornography case. Officer Cory Younger has been identified as the accused by Maplewood Police Chief Matt Nighbor. Younger is currently incarcerated at the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
The charges against Officer Younger center on the possession of child pornography, a class B felony. He faces one count of possessing child pornography, as officially filed on Tuesday. The gravity of these charges cannot be understated, as they involve the exploitation and victimization of innocent children.
Chief Nighbor wasted no time in taking swift action, immediately suspending Officer Younger without pay, pending further administrative action. The investigation into this case is being conducted by the St. Louis County Police, and the Maplewood Police Department is fully cooperating with the county police and the prosecuting attorney's office.
It is important to note that no court dates have been scheduled for Younger at this time. Additionally, it has come to light that Younger served as the treasurer of the Maplewood Police Officer's Association, adding another layer of concern and potential impact within the department.
In a released statement, Chief Nighbor expressed the department's unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The Maplewood Police Department firmly believes that all members of the force must adhere to the law enforcement code of ethics in both their professional and personal lives. The allegations against Officer Younger are taken extremely seriously, and the department will not tolerate any behavior that compromises the public's trust.
The charges levied against Officer Cory Younger underscore the imperative of constant vigilance in safeguarding the welfare of children. The community places its trust in law enforcement to protect and serve, and any violation of that trust erodes the fabric of public safety.
As the legal process moves forward, it is crucial that the justice system ensures a thorough investigation, holding Officer Younger accountable for his alleged actions. The victims of child pornography deserve justice, support, and reassurance that their welfare remains a top priority.
The Maplewood Police Department will work diligently to address the situation, maintaining transparency, and taking appropriate measures to restore public confidence. The community must come together to condemn the exploitation of children and reaffirm its commitment to the well-being and safety of all its members.