A veteran Los Angeles deputy city attorney pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he distributed and was in possession of child pornography.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ordered Christopher Richard Garcia, 57, not to use the Internet for any purpose.
Garcia was charged Sept. 4 with one felony count each of distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Prosecutors allege that Garcia shared child pornography on the Internet in April 2013.
A search warrant was served last November at Garcia’s San Pedro home, and child pornography images were found on his computer, according to prosecutors.
Garcia has been with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for 15 years, city attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox said earlier this month.
Garcia was placed on administrative leave when the City Attorney’s Office became aware of the allegations, Wilcox said.
Garcia is free on $40,000 bond, which was posted less than eight hours after he was arrested Sept. 4 by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Division.
He is due back in court Oct. 21, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, Garcia faces up to five years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
— Staff and wire reports