Man arrested for child porn kills himself

Police arrested 50-year old Richard Braun on five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after finding child porn on his computer.

Man arrested for child porn kills himself

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Apr 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 25, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 50-year-old man arrested for having child sexual abuse images on his computer was found dead in his home Tuesday from an apparent suicide.

Tucson police arrested Richard Braun last week, after investigators found child sexual abuse images on a computer located in his house. 

Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD confirms that Braun was found dead in his home. Braun was recently released from jail.

In January 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip regarding images relating to possible child sexual abuse that had been uploaded to a website, according to Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department.

The tip was routed through the Phoenix Police Department per standard procedure, Hawke said.

In March, detectives from the Tucson Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit received the tip and initiated an investigation, according to Hawke.

The detectives were able to determine that the images had been uploaded from a residence in the 1500 block of West Greenlee, Hawke said.

Thursday, April 18, police served a search warrant at the residence and investigators found child pornography on a computer, according to Hawke. 

Police arrested Braun and charged him with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.