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California Highway Patrol officer faces child pornography charges

A California Highway Patrol officer facing child pornography charges in Solano County has been stripped of his police authority and placed on administrative leave, CHP officials said Friday.

Eric Lund, 49, of Chico, is free on bail following his arrest Thursday at the patrol’s Fairfield office.

Lund, a CHP sergeant from Chico assigned to the Fairfield office, was arrested by Vacaville police and California Highway Patrol officers after a search of his car uncovered an external hard drive that contained what authorities described as “multiple downloaded child pornography videos.”

Lund faces charges of possessing obscene matter depicting a minor in sexual acts and sending or selling obscene matter depicting a minor, Vacaville police said Friday. Lund, who had been held in lieu of $115,000 bail, posted bail early Friday.

Lund’s arrest came after a nearly two-month Vacaville police investigation. Officials said investigators using specialized software found in August that someone was downloading the illicit material in Suisun, Fairfield and Vacaville.

The investigation ultimately led Vacaville detectives to Lund, police said. Officers with a search warrant met Lund at the Fairfield CHP office Thursday, where they found the computer hard drive.