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Stockton police have arrested one of their own officers on suspicion of inappropriately contacting a minor, the department reported today.

Officer Matthew Huff was arrested this morning on suspicion of contacting a minor to commit a felony, harmful matter sent to seduce a minor and annoying or molesting a child under 18, according to the Stockton Police Department. Huff, 28, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. His bail set at $253,000.

Stockton Police Public Information Officer Joe Silva said the department could not comment on how long Huff has been under investigation or whether he met the minor in person.

The Stockton Police Department hired Huff on Dec. 17, 2012. He previously had served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a member of its security force and remains active in the Reserve.

“Public trust and internal accountability are of paramount importance to the Stockton Police Department,” Silva said. “These actions are a major departure from the values and professionalism of the Stockton Police Department. Accountability is critical to maintaining public trust.” 

According to Record archives, Huff is the son of Stockton Detective Paul Huff and the brother of Officer Jordan Huff, who was hired by the Stockton Police Department in July 2016.

Matthew Huff, who in 2016 earned $133,412.00 in total pay and benefits, was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

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