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New Rochelle cop pleads not guilty to sending sex video to girl, 15

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Police say Matthew Melillo sent a lewd photo to an undercover investigator. (Sept. 12, 2012)

A New Rochelle police officer sent a sex video and engaged in Internet sex chats with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, authorities said.

But Officer Matthew Melillo was actually talking to an undercover detective, the Westchester district attorney's office said.

Melillo, 31, of New Rochelle, was arrested Tuesday at his North Avenue home by investigators with the Westchester County police department and charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

He pleaded not guilty Tuesday night in White Plains City Court and was released on $1,000 bail.

Investigators said Melillo began talking to the undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old girl on Aug. 3 in an unidentified Internet chat room.

Between Aug. 3 and Aug. 29, Melillo and the "girl" had numerous chats, investigators said. The "girl" made it clear to Melillo she was 15 years old, the office of District Attorney Janet DiFiore said.

"During that period of time the defendant discussed various specific sexual acts in which he would engage the 15-year-old girl," DiFiore's office said in a statement.

During one of the chats, Melillo sent the "girl" a video "he claimed to be of himself in a sexual situation," DiFiore's office said.

Melillo has been a New Rochelle police officer for less than two years. New Rochelle police Capt. Joseph Schaller said he has been suspended.

"Prior to this incident, the department has never received any reports of misconduct involving Officer Melillo either on duty or off duty; nor has the department ever received any information, otherwise, to lead it to suspect Officer Melillo of engaging in any misconduct," Schaller said in a statement.

A lawyer for Melillo could not be located Wednesday.

A phone number for him was not working Wednesday.

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