Prosecutor: Hidden cams found in alleged child pornographer's LI home
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Authorities found several hidden cameras in the basement of the home of a Smithtown real estate investor facing child pornography charges, a federal prosecutor said in court Friday.
Eastern District prosecutor Allen Bode said FBI agents and Suffolk police detectives found cameras concealed in the ceiling, in a wall clock and under what appeared to be a mini-stage during a recent search of the home of Joseph Valerio.
Bode did not say whether authorities believe the cameras were used by Valerio, 47, to create child pornography.
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In the most recent child pornography case brought against Valerio Tuesday, he was accused of taking pornographic pictures of a 6-year-old Smithtown girl in his basement.
Yesterday's court proceeding involved a separate case in which Valerio is accused of having a former girlfriend in Ukraine send him pornographic pictures of her 3-year-old daughter. He pleaded not guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco in Central Islip.
During the arraignment, Bode said a grand jury has yet to meet on the case involving the 6-year-old to decide whether to issue an indictment.
Valerio has been held without bail since earlier this week as a flight risk and danger to the community.
His attorney, Anthony La Pinta of Hauppauge, declined to comment after the arraignment.