Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building. Photo by John Schreiber.

A veteran Los Angeles deputy city attorney pleaded no contest Tuesday to possession of child pornography and will lose his law license as a result.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Vanderet ordered Christopher Richard Garcia, 57, to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, undergo sex offender counseling and serve five years on probation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Garcia was advised before entering his plea to the felony charge that he would lose his law license, according to Deputy District Attorney Samer Hathout.

Garcia had been with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for 15 years, according to spokesman Rob Wilcox. He was placed on administrative leave when the City Attorney’s Office became aware of the allegations, Wilcox said.

A search warrant was served last November at Garcia’s San Pedro home, and child pornography images were found on his computer, according to the prosecution.

A second count filed last month against Garcia — distributing child pornography — was dismissed.

City News Service

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