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Police looking into child pornography mailed to Tempe residents

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PHOENIX — Police were looking into several letters containing child pornography that were mailed to people in Tempe over the weekend.

The letters were mailed to fewer than 10 homes in the Maple-Ash neighborhood, located near Arizona State University’s main campus.

“These images are known for child pornography,” detective Lily Duran said. “They have been distributed before, they have been around.”

Contrary to initial reports that claimed the envelopes were hand-placed in people’s mailboxes, police said the letters were mailed through the postal system.

“We believe that it initiated in Europe,” Duran said. “We believe that there is no child in immediate danger.”

Duran said people who received the illicit material should not attempt to photograph or copy it, as that is a crime.

“Do not take photos of these images, don’t forward these images on to anybody else,” she said. “We understand that there is a lot of good intentions behind it, letting other community members know what’s circulating.”

Police were investigating.

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