A Westchester County police chief who taught sex-abuse awareness classes to children has been charged with downloading child pornography.
Mount Pleasant Chief Brian Fanelli was arrested Thursday by Homeland Security agents.
In a complaint filed with the court, an agent says Fanelli told investigators that he first viewed child pornography as research for the sex-abuse awareness classes he was teaching at two schools.
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He then began viewing the pornography "for personal interest," according to the complaint.
Fanelli appeared in federal court in White Plains and was released on $50,000 bond.
No plea was entered. Fanelli's attorney refused to comment after the court session.
Fanelli has been chief for just two months. He first joined the department in 1981.