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Tamaqua officer charged in child pornography case

A Tamaqua police officer was charged Friday with multiple crimes including manufacturing and dissemination of child pornography, solicitation and conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor, and sexual intercourse with an animal.

Christopher Cordes, 29, of Bloomsburg, was arrested following an investigation initiated by the Delaware County internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after a tip from Snap Inc. regarding a user posting a nude photo of a child.

Court documents revealed that Cordes, using the account name “haytherecowboy,” expressed a desire to impregnate a 13-year-old.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, a victim told investigators she met Cordes in person in 2021, “after which he gave her a sexually transmitted disease and sent her $150 for treatment.”

“She stated on their second date that Chris said he was a police officer, that he is sexually attracted to children up to and including the infant age range, that he wanted to have kids so he could abuse them and that because he was a police officer he could get away with it,” the affidavit states.

Investigators also observed videos of Cordes engaged in sexual intercourse with dogs on his Snapchat account.

Tamaqua Police Chief Michael Hobbs said the department “only just became aware of this situation this morning and we are not in a position to comment on the charges specifically.”

Hobbs said the department is cooperating fully with the investigation and it is not aware of any allegations of inappropriate activity when Cordes was on duty.

Cordes has been suspended without pay for “conduct unbecoming a police officer.”

According to Times News archives, he joined the Tamaqua police force in September 2021.

He is currently held at Columbia County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

Christopher J. Cordes is shown at his swearing-in ceremony as a Tamaqua police officer. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO