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A Florida police officer was arrested by the FBI Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography.

Gabriel Albala, 45, Of Margate, Fla. was ordered held without bond after an appearance in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Friday..

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The FBI interviewed Albala, on Thursday morning to arrest him in the afternoon, according to the FBI, the Miami international airport.

Boynton Beach Police chief, Michael G. Gregory, said in a statement that Albala had been relieved of duty after he was arrested.

Gabriel Albala, 45, Of Margate, Florida was arrested, without incident, on child pornography charges in Boynton Beach on Thursday, and is now in federal custody. He was scheduled to appear in a Fort Lauderdale federal court on Friday.
(Broward Sheriff’s Office)

“This morning, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, interviewed a Boynton Beach police officer in connection with an ongoing federal investigation,” Gregory said. “This afternoon, the officer was taken into federal custody and is relieved of its obligation, As this study has drawn scrutiny as of a certain officer, it is not a reflection of all of the men and women who serve this community.”

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The FBI’s Miami office did not respond to Fox News’s request for comment.

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The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the Albala has been accused of purchasing child pornography through the micro-blogging website, Tumblr in September, and in October of the previous year. The trades, which were made on Venmo, have been described as an innocent purchase as a “Book” and “Teacher.”

The paper reported that Albala’s next appearance is set for September 4, and his arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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