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Trial for Former CHP Officer Pushed Back to Spring

By Robyn Ridpath, Assignment Editor
Published On: Jan 04 2013 07:42:41 PM CST
Gary Harris MUG
REDDING, Calif. -

A former California Highway Patrol officer charged with numerous felonies, including possession of child pornography, was back in court Friday morning.

42-year-old Gerald Harris was supposed to start trial early next week but the trial date was pushed back to March 19th.

In December, Harris pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography, assault weapons, explosives, a controlled substance and embezzlement.

According to a report from CHP investigators, they found flash drives and computer discs at his Anderson home containing graphic material. On one flash drive investigators found a photo of a former student in his wife's second grade class at Meadow Lane. The photo was focused on her private parts and was date stamped September 2010. Investigators tracked down the student who now lives in Roseville, Calif. The student said she remembered Harris being in the classroom everyday.

Investigators also found a second flash drive at his home.  There were more than 100 photos of child erotica and nudity that was evidence in a separate CHP case found on the flash drive.

Harris faces 13 felony counts and one misdemeanor charge.

The report also mentioned an incident from several years ago when pornography was found on the computer in Mrs. Harris' classroom. In the report she speculated that the pornography may have come from her husband. The school's computer technician reported it to the school's Superintendent at that time.