MANATEE -- A Bradenton Beach man has been charged with trying to bribe a woman to lie for him in his upcoming trial on child pornography and rape charges.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet, 35, wanted the woman, who is the mother of his son, to testify that it was her, and not a 15-year-old girl, in photographs that investigators recovered from his computer during the earlier investigation. In return, Chiquet told the woman during a telephone call last month -- a call monitored by investigators -- that he would pay her $10,000, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Chiquet, who was arrested Tuesday, was set to stand trial next week on charges of lewd and lascivious battery and possession of child pornography. He was arrested on those charges in July 2009.
Chiquet is now also charged with tampering with a witness. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.