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Waltham cop charged with child porn re-released from custody after allegedly violating bail conditions

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 24, 2013 11:55 AM

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The Waltham police officer who was arrested by FBI agents in late March on federal child pornography charges spent another two weeks in custody this month after allegedly violating conditions of his bail, according to US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office.

Paul Manganelli, 46, was arrested in March after he allegedly sent and received child pornography via his Yahoo email account, prosecutors said in a statement. He was released on a $50,000 bond, on condition that he remain under house arrest with a monitoring bracelet and stay away from victims, minors, and his girlfriend. Manganelli also was ordered not to use computers, smart phones, guns, and to give up his job as a DJ, according to the US Attorney's office.

However, Manganelli violated his bail conditions by using a computer in the home he shares with his parents and logging onto social media accounts, said Christina Sterling, a spokeswoman with the US Attorney's office.

"He was logging onto Facebook and liking some people's pages," Sterling said.

Manganelli was taken into custody again May 10 for allegedly violating his conditions, and was released this Thursday after he and his parents put down a total of $30,000 in bonds that would be revoked if he violates conditions again.

"If he violates his conditions again, it will cost $15,000 to the defendant and $15,000 to the parents," Sterling said.

The court also ruled that all Internet-capable electronics must be taken out of Manganelli's home.

During Manganelli's March bail hearing, the judge allowed computers in the home because Manganelli's father needed the Internet for work, but ordered Manganelli not to use it, Sterling said.

The 20-year veteran of the Waltham Police Department has been placed on administrative leave from the department, Waltham officials said.

Manganelli had also received attention in the past for winning $1 million on a lottery ticket, according to Massachusetts Lottery officials.

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