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Offender was once a police officer

Edward Scott Yancey of Long Beach was a police officer in Gulf Shores, Ala., when he was arrested on a federal child pornography charge in the late 1990s, according to the FBI.

More recently, Yancey was a volunteer youth coach in Long Beach until his criminal background became public knowledge.

Yancey will be brought to federal court today for hearings on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

An FBI news release on Monday confirmed Yancey was a police officer at the time of his arrest on the pornography charge. He was convicted on the federal charge in 1998 and was given three years’ probation.

The 37-year-old has made local headlines since Nov. 6, when sheriff’s investigators determined he had been living in Harrison County since May 2005 without registering his address.

Yancey was released on bond and rearrested Nov. 15 on a child molestation charge. Long Beach police have said he is accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy he coached for the city’s recreation league.

Ongoing investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a firearm and a search of his home allegedly turned up eight computers and 300 discs containing pictures of children. The firearm led to a state charge and a federal arrest warrant.

Yancey has remained in custody with no bond on the federal warrant. FBI agents retrieved him from the Harrison County jail Monday for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court.

Magistrate Judge John Roper ordered Yancey held for federal marshals pending a probable-cause and detention hearing today at 3:30 p.m.

Yancey was held elsewhere overnight in a jail approved to house federal detainees.

News of Yancey’s sex-crime conviction prompted the Long Beach Board of Aldermen to address how it screens those hired or accepted as volunteers for the city’s recreation league.

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