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Waltham police officer arrested for child porn has been released on $50k bail

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 28, 2013 05:30 PM

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The Waltham police officer arrested by FBI agents Tuesday on federal child pornography charges has been released to the custody of his parents on a $50,000 bond with court-ordered conditions, according to the US Attorney's office.

Officials said Paul Manganelli, 46, was placed under house arrest with a monitoring bracelet and ordered to stay away from victims, minors, and his girlfriend. Manganelli also was ordered not to use computers, smart phones, guns, and was ordered to give up his job as a DJ, according to the US Attorney's office.

Manganelli, a 20-year veteran of the force, allegedly sent and received child pornography via his Yahoo email account, prosecutors said in a statement. Manganelli told FBI agents that he was researching to "identify perverts online," but Waltham police said Manganelli was never assigned to conduct any such investigation, and there is no indication that he reported any illegal activity, according to the federal complaint.

Manganelli has been placed on paid administrative leave by the city of Waltham.

Manganelli's lawyer, Waltham-based Peter Bella, said that it is too early to comment on the case.

"There's a lot more we need to look at and evaluate," Bella said.

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