UPDATED: A City of Manassas police officer is on administrative paid leave after being arrested and charged with felony possession of child pornography, according to a spokesperson for the Manassas City Police Department.
The officer, who has been relieved of his duties, was identified as Wayne Bombara, Manassas Police Chief Doug Keen said in a news release.
Bombara is a 20-year veteran of the Manassas City Police Department whose job title was 1st line command level evening shift supervisor, said Manassas police spokesperson Amilcar Barahona.
"Bombara is currently on administrative paid leave and will remain on that status during the course of the investigation being conducted by the Virginia State Police and during the administrative internal investigation being conducted in an expedited manner by the Manassas City Police Department," Barahona said.
Bombara was arrested in connection with an investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is ongoing, Keen said.
Bombara is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Aug. 6, according to court records.
The news release did not include information about Bombara’s history with the City of Manassas Police Department, how long he was employed there or whether he had been subject to any previous internal investigations.
The City of Manassas Police Department also did not disclose anything about the victims in the photos.
Keen called the officer's arrest "a breach of trust" and "acutely tragic."
“Any crime committed by a law enforcement officer is a breach of trust. But the serious nature of these allegations and the prevalence of exploited young victims is what makes this situation acutely tragic,” Keen said in the release.
“Allegations like this turn my stomach with disgust. At a time when we are working hard to build trust in our communities, the horrible actions of one officer can overshadow the great work that the majority of police officers do every day.”
Keen said the Manassas City Police Department “does not tolerate criminal, ethical or integrity related matters as they have an impact on the level of trust by the citizens served.”
“Accountability will always be an essential part of the commitment we make to our community. We will hold ourselves accountable, including arresting our own staff, if that is what is necessary,” he added. “It is the right and only thing to do.”