Paul Manganelli, the Waltham police officer who won $1 million on a 2011 lottery ticket has been convicted of federal pornography charges.
Paul Manganelli, the Waltham police officer who won $1 million on a 2011 lottery ticket has been convicted of federal pornography charges.
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A judge sentenced a former Waltham Police officer to five years in federal prison, according to US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office. In May, Paul Manganelli, 47, pleaded guilty to child pornography possession. He was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

The Patriot Ledger Reports:

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“Police are not normally the type of people who come through my court for sentencing,” [U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis] Saylor said. “...Most people looking at that [sentence] will think it too lenient, and the remainder will think it too harsh.”

Manganelli’s sentencing fell well short of the maximum. He pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison with a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The defense asked for 30 months while the prosecution asked for 70.

Manganelli was arrested and charged in March 2013. At the time, he told FBI agents that the child porn in his possession was “research to identify perverts online.” But the Waltham Police Department confirmed that Manganelli was never assigned to any cybercrime or child porn cases. After his arraignment, he was released on $50,000 bail.

In October 2013, Manganelli resigned from the Waltham police force. At the time, he was eligible for a pension. According to the Patriot Ledger, he receives over $28,000 per year in compensation, but the Waltham Retirement Board will review his case.

Back in 2011, Manganelli won $1 million on a Massachusetts State Lottery scratch ticket. he hit it big on a “$100,000 a Year For Life” ticket.