Cops: Ex-theater director had child porn

Vincent Sparagano, 42, of Lindenhurst, was charged with

Vincent Sparagano, 42, of Lindenhurst, was charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child. (Sept. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: SCPD

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The former director of a Lindenhurst-based community theater group, who is on probation for a 2010 incident in which he sent suggestive emails to a 14-year-old girl, was arrested Wednesday after he was caught with child pornography on his computer, Suffolk County police said.

Vincent Sparagano, 42, of 530 S. Ninth St., Lindenhurst, was charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip. He and his family could not be reached for comment.

Police said detectives from Suffolk's Computer Crimes Unit were helping probation officers in the analysis of Sparagano's cellphone and computer as a condition of his probation when images of child porn were found on his computer.

In 2010, Sparagano was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child after Nassau police discovered that he sent suggestive and/or inappropriate messages to a Hicksville girl, authorities said.

Sparagano met the girl through the theater organization, The Spotlight Players, police said, and sent her multiple computer messages that alarmed the girl, who then notified her parents.

The performance group's website said Sparagano founded The Spotlight Players Theatre Company in 1995 and is a veteran of more than 150 productions, from acting to directing. Police said Sparagano told them the group once had a children's theater component, but it was disbanded after his Nassau arrest.

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Anyone with information about the latest alleged incident is urged to call the Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6279.

With Ellen Yan

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