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Sarasota sex offender charged with possessing child pornography

SARASOTA -- A convicted sex offender has been charged with possessing child pornography after an inspection of his computer revealed videos and photographs that showed a child or children in sexual activity.

Deputies seized the computer during an unannounced home inspection in December, one of about 40 such unannounced inspections they did at the homes of drug and sex offenders on probation in Sarasota County, according to a news release.

While at the home of Gregory Chiappelloni, 35, detectives "found a number of electronic devices that were capable of accessing the Internet," the sheriff's office said.

As a sex offender, Chiappelloni, who in 2009 was convicted of sexual battery on a child under 12 and sentenced to three years in prison, is prohibited from accessing the Internet or other computer services, according to the sheriff's office.

Chiappeelloni was then arrested on a charge of violating his probation. Subsequently, detective performed a forensic examination of his computer and found two pornographic photos and four pornographic videos showing children, the sheriff's office said.

"This is a textbook example of why we instituted a planned compliance initiative with Probation and Parole," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "This man sexually battered a five-year-old boy, and despite the judge's order, continued to access sexual images of children online."

Chiappelloni is charged with six counts of possession of sexual Performance by a child, as well as with violating his probation. He is being held without bond at the Sarasota County jail

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