Farmington Hills cop accused of child porn resigns

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A Farmington Hills police officer resigned effective last month after he was arraigned on several charges of using a computer to access child pornography, according to police and court records.

Matthew Charles Parsons, 48, stepped down June 15, police announced Friday.

He was booked into jail May 30, the same day he was arraigned in 51st District Court in Waterford Township. He faces five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, five charges of using a computer to commit a crime and three counts of illegally recording an individual, according to a statement from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in May.

The department immediately put him on paid administrative leave, Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said at the time. After he was arraigned, Parsons was suspended without pay.

Parsons, who worked for the patrol division, has a 25-year history with the department, Nebus said. His first five years were spent as a volunteer reserve officer and later as a cadet, while the last 20 years have been spent as a sworn officer, Nebus said.

The chief said the department will comply fully with the investigation.

“We know how important trust and integrity is,” Nebus said. “We police ourselves; we do not believe police are above the law.”

There are 104 sworn officers on the Farmington Hills force.