The Associated Press

Ex-Waltham Officer Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

BOSTON — A former Waltham police officer has pleaded guilty charges of possessing child pornography.

Paul Manganelli entered a plea agreement with the federal government in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday. In exchange for a guilty plea on a charge of possession of child pornography, prosecutors dropped a charge of receipt of child pornography.

Manganelli faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.

Prosecutors say Manganelli traded child porn via email from December 2011 through March 2013 and had more than 850 images and 40 videos containing child pornography.

Manganelli said he was attempting to identify online sexual predators, but police say he was never assigned nor authorized to conduct such investigations and never reported any criminal conduct.

Manganelli resigned a few months after his arrest.

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