Brendan McCarthy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- A former New Orleans Police Department detective has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing and receiving child pornography.

Krister Vilen was sentenced last week in federal court in Orlando Florida.

Vilen, 40, of Titusville, Fla., was ensnared in a federal Homeland Security investigation aimed at protecting children from sexual predators.

Investigators searched his computer earlier this year and found 40 videos, and more than 100 images of sexually abused children, according to a Homeland Security news release.

Vilen pleaded guilty to the crime in June. Upon his release from federal prison, he'll have to register as a sex offender and serve 10 years of supervised release.

He left the NOPD last year after 13 years on the force. He recently worked as a detective in the First District.

Vilen was implicated, but not charged, in a 2004 corruption scandal in the French Quarter. The 'Razzle Dazzle' swindle was run by a 92-year-old flim-flam artist who tricked people in an illegal arcade gambling.

A State Police and FBI probe developed information that officers, including Vilen, protected the scam.

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