Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Arrested on Child Porn Charges Reviewed by Momizat on . MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y.--Brian Fanelli, 54 of Mahopac, the Chief of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing child MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y.--Brian Fanelli, 54 of Mahopac, the Chief of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing child Rating: 0
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Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Arrested on Child Porn Charges

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y.–Brian Fanelli, 54 of Mahopac, the Chief of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing child pornography, officials said.

Homeland Security agents made the arrest Thursday at Fanelli’s home in Mahopac according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara.

According to the complaint, some of the pornographic images allegedly downloaded and shared by Fanelli included children as young as seven years of age.

Bharara stated: “Given the allegations, this case is particularly disturbing and sad. A senior law enforcement officer, sworn to uphold the law, stands accused of breaking the law. And it is the law designed to protect the youngest and most vulnerable of our population from vile exploitation.”

According to the allegations in the complaint filed in White Plains Federal Court, Fanelli used a Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Program–the “P2P Network”– to download more than 120 files containing images and videos believed to be child pornography and made them available to other P2P Network users through his computer’s shared folder on the P2P Network program.

According to federal officials, Fanelli told Department of Homeland Security Agents that he began viewing the images as research for his sexual abuse awareness classes that he taught to elementary and middle school-age students for about a year. After that, he told officials, he began doing so through the P2P network for personal interest.

Fanelli was charged with one count of possessing child pornography and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted as well as a maximum fine of $250,000.

Officials confiscated three computers from Fanelli’s home.

He was arraigned and released on $50,000 bail Thursday afternoon. He is due back in court Feb. 9.

Fanelli replaced long time Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno in October.

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