Waltham, Massachusetts Police Officer in Custody for Child Porn

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WALTHAM, Mass. (WHDH) — Waltham Police Officer Paul Manganelli, 48, appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon on charges of receiving child pornography.

Waltham police said the officer was arrested after an investigation by the FBI.

“The alleged off-duty conduct of one employee is not a reflection of the Waltham police department as a whole,” said Keith MacPherson, the acting chief of the Waltham police department, said in a statement Tuesday.

In a nine-page federal complaint, an FBI special agent writes, “The case began in February of 2012 when police in Australia busted a suspect for child porn.”

The FBI claims his email accounts led to many suspects including an active duty officer with the Waltham Police Department.

In the complaint, Special Agent Eric Slaton of the FBI writes, “Five of the images that Manganelli acknowledged having received are of a naked prepubescent female, restrained by ropes around her legs and/or wrists.”

Manganelli’s neighbors are shocked.

“He’s always been super friendly and waving. I feel safer in the neighborhood because he seems like a strong presence. Never suspected a thing,” said Kerri Hark.

Manganelli had a winning smile two years ago when he won the Massachusetts State Lottery; which pays him $100,000 dollars a year for life.

But Manganelli’s luck ran out on Monday when FBI agents and local police showed up at his home and placed him under arrest.

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