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Former PRP firefighter arrested on charges of child pornography

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James Mason's Facebook profile photo, Dec. 6, 2012. James Mason's Facebook profile photo, Dec. 6, 2012.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former PRP firefighter is accused of possessing child pornography.

The six-month investigation is still ongoing but on Thursday, James Mason turned himself in to police.

Police say a family member was looking for pictures on his computer, and stumbled onto something disturbing.

Maj. Kenneth Hatmaker of Jeffersontown Police wouldn't go into detail.

"I will just say that there were images of minors engaged in a sexual act and its probably best to leave it at that."

Court records show the former PRP firefighter then tried to destroy his computer, throwing it in a dumpster behind the fire station.

"I guess in a panic after he family member confronted him about it that was the place he felt comfortable disposing of it," Hatmaker said. "The forensics played a huge role in this tracking this down, the computer was manipulated and tampered with and then disposed of."

Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Chief Vincent Smith released the following statement:

"On June 7, 2012, the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District was informed by the Jeffersontown Police Department of an investigation concerning Captain James Mason and he was immediately placed on administrative leave pending completion of the police investigation. 

On June 9, 2012, James Mason submitted his full and final resignation and is no longer associated with the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District. No additional information is available to the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District and no additional statement will be made concerning this police matter. "

Hatmaker says, "This is a gentleman who lives in Jeffersontown and works actually in the service business that's suppose to serve so yes it is troublesome, very troublesome."

Police say during interviews, Mason admitted to the crime saying he is sick and needs help.

Hatmaker says, "We see a lot of things but it's one when you've got a situation like this that it touches home."

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