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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A former Port St. Lucie police officer was sentenced to life in prison for child pornography.

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In February, Michael Edwin Harding, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession and distribution of material involving sexual exploitation of minors, attempting to coerce and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and production of child pornography.

According to court documents between July 23rd and August 4th, 2015, Harding posted a number of pictures videos to a chat room which depicted children engaging in sexually explicit acts.

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On September 22nd, homeland security agents executed a federal search warrant at Harding’s home and seized his computer, cell phone and a thumb drive. An analysis found they contained hundreds of pictures and videos of children engaged in sex acts with adults.

Harding, 28, also attempted to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity over the Internet. Chat messages stored on his phone show a conversation he had with another person. Both claimed to have custody of children who they would trade for sexual activity.

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According to court records, Harding used his cellphone to shoot a video depicting his sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. Chat messages also located on the phone corroborated that the image on the phone depicted the abuse of the minor child.