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NYC: Queens jury finds ex-NYPD cop not guilty of 234 child porn charges

AN EX-COP was acquitted Monday on 234 counts of child pornography possession, his lawyer said.

Yong-fa Wu, 38, who spent three years on the force, was charged in 2014 with downloading and keeping hundreds of images of minors engaged in sex acts, according to the Queens District Attorney.

The Department of Homeland Security investigated the Wu case along with hundreds of others, said his lawyer, Thomas Kenniff.

Wu was one of 71 suspects busted in 2014 as part of “Operation Caireen,” a massive sting run by federal authorities targeting people who allegedly shared child pornography on peer-to-peer networks similar to BitTorrent.

People who download files from these networks automatically share the parts of the files they’ve already received while their downloads finish, meaning that anyone downloading child pornography is also distributing it in the process.

Wu’s brother, who lives with him and their parents in a four-bedroom home in South Ozone Park, was actually the target of the investigation, according to Wu’s attorney.

“Unfortunately, he was the one who answered the door. We were able to prove that he was not the only one in the house with access to the computer,” Kenniff said.

“Unfortunately, being a cop, he presented as a high-value target.”

The computer was in a common area, Kenniff said, adding, “They couldn’t prove that someone else didn’t access the computer.”

Homeland Security agents testified at trial that once confronted with the crime at his home, he confessed.

“The feds claimed that he admitted to the crime in front of his mother and eight federal agents,” Kenniff said.

Kenniff challenged whether that confession, that “he had been downloading child pornography for a while,” took place, and argued at trial that Wu likely phrased the statement like an incredulous question — similar to Ralph Macchio’s character in “My Cousin Vinny” yelling out “I shot the clerk?”

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