SeanMichael Pagano, NY State Police investigator on Long Island, arrested on child porn charges

A veteran longtime New York state police investigator A veteran longtime New York state police investigator stationed on Long Island, who also was the recently hired assistant lacrosse coach in the Rocky Point school district, was arrested by the FBI Thursday, April 3, 2014 on child pornography charges. Photo Credit: Cecil Copeland

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A longtime New York State Police investigator stationed on Long Island who also was recently hired as assistant lacrosse coach in the Rocky Point school district was arrested by the FBI Thursday on child pornography charges.

SeanMichael Pagano, 37, was not required to plead at his arraignment in federal court in Central Islip yesterday. Attorney Peter Famighetti said his client was not guilty of the charges of accessing child pornography.

Pagano, of Mount Sinai, whose State Police position is the equivalent of being a detective, was held without bail as a danger to the community and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

U.S. Magistrate A. Kathleen Tomlinson ruled after Famighetti said his client was not prepared to offer a bail package. Tomlinson, however, said she might consider a bail package in the future.

Pagano is based at Troop L in East Farmingdale and specializes in narcotics investigations. A spokesman for the State Police in Albany, Darcy Wells, said Pagano, on the force since 2002, was suspended without pay following his arrest.

The Rocky Point district website said Pagano was a volunteer assistant lacrosse coach from Dec. 12 through March 2, then hired March 3 to be the assistant lacrosse coach for 2013-14 at a salary of $4,463.

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In a statement, Rocky Point Superintendent Michael Ring said, "Prior to his December 2013 appointment, he cleared all background checks required for employment. This was his first season with the team . . . He has been relieved of his duties as assistant coach. The safety and security of our students is paramount and we will cooperate throughout the investigation."

According to the complaint, Pagano was the head men's lacrosse coach at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage from 2009 to 2013.

Mark Spencer, a spokesman for the college, said he could not discuss personnel matters, but the school had been unaware of the accusation against Pagano.

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The complaint said that the case against Pagano began in March 2013 when agents raided a residence in Anchorage, Alaska, that housed an Internet site involved in the distribution of child pornography.

Agents took over the site and observed Pagano downloading several videos involving young girls engaged in sexual acts, the complaint says. Pagano also exchanged emails with another person using the site, stating his interest in obtaining child pornography, the complaint said.

When questioned by FBI agents, Pagano said he intended to report that person to the State Police Computer Crime Unit, but had not done so because he had deleted the child porn images he had viewed, the complaint said.

State Police officials told the FBI that Pagano "was not authorized to conduct child pornography investigations," the complaint said.

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