Authorities: Smithtown real estate investor charged with child porn again

Smithtown real estate investor Joseph Valerio, 47, of

Smithtown real estate investor Joseph Valerio, 47, of Smithtown, for the second time in less than a month, has been arrested on charges of producing child pornography.

A Smithtown real estate investor has been arrested on federal charges of producing child pornography for the second time in less than a month -- and this time his $3 million bail was revoked and he was jailed pending future hearings.

Joseph Valerio, 47, of 3 High Gate Dr., was taken into custody by FBI agents and Suffolk County detectives late Tuesday and charged with producing pornographic images of a 6-year-old Smithtown girl in 2010 in his basement.

Valerio had been released on the bail and confined to his mother's home three weeks ago when he was arrested at the beginning of February on charges of having a former girlfriend in Ukraine in 2012 videotape pornography involving her 3-year-old daughter.


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If convicted on both charges, Valerio faces a mandatory sentence of 30 years in prison.

The agents and detectives found the pictures of the child pornography involving the 6-year-old girl when they searched the computer in Valerio's home, according to Eastern District federal prosecutor Allen Bode.

Valerio was not required to enter a plea Tuesday in federal court in Central Islip.

His attorney, Anthony La Pinta of Hauppauge, and Bode declined to comment after the hearing.

In arguing for Valerio's jailing, Bode said that Valerio had lied to a psychologist by saying that he was charged only with possessing child pornography, not producing it.

U.S. Magistrate Gary Brown revoked Valerio's bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Magistrate A. Kathleen Tomlinson had set several conditions for Valerio's bail after the first pornography charge, including electronic monitoring by an ankle bracelet, surveillance cameras set up on the grounds of his mother's home, and the barring of computers from the residence.

In the first complaint, Valerio was accused of having the former girlfriend make and send him "20 to 30" videos of the abuse of the 3-year-old daughter "scripted" to actions he suggested.

When questioned by FBI agents in Ukraine, the woman estimated that "over the course of their relationship, Defendant Valerio sent her between $8,000 and $12,000," the complaint said. She said Valerio "threatened to stop sending her money if she did not produce these videos," according to the complaint.

-- With Joan Gralla

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