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Former Amarillo PD officer faces 3 more counts of possession of child porn

Former Amarillo police officer Earnest McDonald III, was arrested again on Monday, August 21, and faces 3 additional counts of possession of child porn. (Photo: Potter County Sheriff's Office)

A former Amarillo police officer who was indicted on two counts of possession of child pornography last month has been arrested on three more counts child pornography.

According to Potter County jail records, Earnest McDonald III was arrested again on Monday, August 21, on three counts of possession of child pornography. It is believed McDonald turned himself in at the Potter County Jail. He posted a $30,000 bond and was released.

It was one year ago that McDonald was first arrested on two counts of possession of child pornography following an internal affairs investigation by the Amarillo Police Department. He was suspended from his position with APD indefinitely on Sept. 9, 2016.

Details of the investigation included a Twitter account containing child porn that linked back to a Gmail account, as well as a Facebook account. All of the accounts linked back to McDonald.

The three additional charges are based on the same investigation that took place in 2016, according to APD, making the total number from that incident, five counts of possession of child pornography. There is no new investigation or incident.

This is a developing story and details will be added as they are received.

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