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Former Redwood City cop headed to federal prison on child porn conviction

He is set to report to a federal prison in September. Upon release, he will also be under supervised release for five years.
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A former Redwood City police officer has been sentenced to two years behind bars for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, according to a judgment from the Northern District of California. 

Shawn-Nimau
Former RWC police officer Shawn Nimau

Shawn Nimau was arrested by federal officials in 2020 after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) alerted Homeland Security Investigations that Nimau was using Kik messenger, which is based in Canada, to send child pornography, according to court documents. He was sentenced on June 21. 

RCMP located Nimau using his IP address, and afterward, federal officials were able to obtain a search warrant. In his home, they found multiple electronic devices— iPads, iPhones, SD cards, cameras —that a forensic review later revealed contained “sexually explicit images of children and child erotica,” records show. 

In 2021, Nimau’s defense attorneys attempted to show that the arrest warrant lacked probable cause and filed a motion to suppress the evidence. But a judge ruled against it. 

Nimau, who has been out on bond, has been active on social media as recently as last month

He is set to report to a federal prison in September. Upon release, he will be under supervised release for five years. He is also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. 




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Michelle Iracheta is the Redwood City Pulse editor. Her work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Seattle Times and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Michelle, a Houston native, is married and has two dogs.
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