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Roger Byg, Former Member of Joe Arpaio's Posse, Arrested on Child-Porn Charges

Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a posse swearing-in ceremony in Cave Creek.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a posse swearing-in ceremony in Cave Creek.
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A former member of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's posse was arrested by MCSO deputies on child-pornography charges.

According to the Sheriff's Office, 73-year-old Roger Byg was a posse member in the old-folks community of Sun City and even had served on the posse's board before resigning early last year. MCSO's computer crimes division detectives served a search warrant Thursday at his Sun City home.

According to the MCSO, a computer-repair technician called authorities on Monday. He said Byg had brought his desktop computer to him for repairs, and he found what the Sheriff's Office describes as "a large amount of images depicting what he believed to be child pornography and that they were extremely disturbing . . . "

According to the Sheriff's Office, there were "several hundred images" of young children involved in sex acts found on that computer and a "substantial amount" of child pornography found on his laptop, which was seized during the search of Byg's home.

Byg was booked into jail on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Recall that a couple of years ago, CBS 5 found that several of Arpaio's posse members had criminal records, including "arrests for assault, drug possession, domestic violence, sex crimes against children, disorderly conduct, impersonating an officer -- and the list goes on."

State and county records don't show anything of a previous criminal history for Byg.

Also recall that an old political ally of Arpaio's, former minuteman Chris Simcox, was arrested last year on child-molestation charges. Simcox wasn't a member of Arpaio's posse, but it seems relevant given the fact that Arpaio's office under-worked hundreds of sex-crime cases, while a handful went completely uninvestigated.


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