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Phoenix Police Officer Indicted and Ordered Detained for Child Pornography and Exploitation Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Alaa Robert Bartley, 41, of Gilbert, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for a series of child pornography-related offenses, including Attempted Production of Child Pornography; Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor; and multiple counts of Distributing, Receiving, and Possessing Child Pornography. Also on Tuesday, a federal Magistrate Judge ordered that Bartley be detained in custody pending trial.

The indictment alleges that between August 2020 and August 2023, Bartley repeatedly exchanged digital images of child pornography. The indictment also alleges that in 2019, Bartley attempted to take sexually explicit images of a 15-year-old girl in a bathroom, and from December 2023 to April 2024, he used facilities of interstate commerce while attempting to induce another minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Attempted Production of Child Pornography carries a potential sentence of 15-30 years in prison; Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison; and each count of Distributing, Receiving, and Possessing Child Pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. All counts also carry a potential fine of up to $250,000 and up to a lifetime term of supervised release.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR 24-0749-PHX-JJT
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-057_Bartley


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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated May 2, 2024

Project Safe Childhood
Public Corruption
Press Release Number: 2024-057_Bartley