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Waltham cop indicted on federal child porn charges, resigns from force

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 22, 2013 07:35 PM

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The Waltham police officer who was arrested by FBI agents in late March on federal child pornography charges has resigned from the force.

Paul C. Manganelli, Jr. had a letter of resignation delivered to the Waltham police station on Oct. 8, said Waltham Police acting chief Keith MacPherson.

"It was a very simple letter, no explanation," MacPherson said.

MacPherson said that Manganelli is technically eligible to apply for retirement benefits, since he had accrued 20 years of service from his May 1993 hire date while he was on paid administrative leave.

Waltham retirement director Joseph Juppe said Manganelli applied for retirement benefits on Oct. 9. The retirement board will take the matter up at their Oct. 24 meeting.

Manganelli was formally indicted in federal court on Oct. 16 on charges that he allegedly sent and received child pornography via his Yahoo email account. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 30, according to court documents.

If Manganelli was indicted while still on administrative leave, city officials could have fired him, according to city law. But his resignation came about a week before the indictment.

Manganelli, 46, had been arrested in March. 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.

Manganelli violated his conditions by using the computer, and was taken back into custody in May. He was released after he and his parents put down another $30,000 in bonds, which would be revoked if he violates his conditions again, according to the US Attorney's office.

Manganelli faces a maximum prison term of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

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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