Mount Pleasant names Lt. Paul Oliva as interim police chief following child pornography charges

Paul Olivia, 47, has served on the police force since 1988, and the last 16 years as a lieutenant. (1/28/14)

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Mount Pleasant town board has appointed Lieutenant Paul Oliva as interim police chief following the arrest of the current chief on child pornography charges.

Chief Brian Fanelli, 54, was suspended with pay after he was charged with downloading and sharing more than 120 images of child pornography. Fanelli became chief in Nov. 2013.

Oliva's father was police chief for 24 years in Mount Pleasant. Olivia, 47, has served on the police force since 1988, and the last 16 years as a lieutenant. 

After a 30-90 day period, Mount Pleasant will go through the process of interviewing a permanent police chief. 

Fanelli's trial date has been tentatively set for Feb. 19.

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