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Christopher Bryant, 46, of Ruidoso, New Mexico made an initial appearance in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico Thursday on charges of transportation of child pornography...

Christopher Bryant, 46, of Ruidoso, New Mexico made an initial appearance in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico Thursday on charges of transportation of child pornography.

According to a criminal complaint, Bryant committed these offenses between Aug. 13 and Aug. 17 in Lincoln County, New Mexico. He alleged found child pornography on the internet and took screenshots of three images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Bryant, who is a detective for the Ruidoso Police Department, allegedly sent the images to himself by email.

Bryant was recognized in 2019 as a “Law Enforcement Hero of Child Protection” by a state agency.

Bryant is currently in custody and will return to court Tuesday, Sept. 1 for preliminary and detention hearings.