New information revealed on Hudson Valley residents arrested in child pornography sting

Federal officials say Operation Caireen started with the investigation of Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli. (5/21/14)

SUFFERN - News 12 is learning more about the Hudson Valley residents with ties to the greater New York area's largest child porn sting ever.

Federal officials say Operation Caireen started with the investigation of Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli back in January. Fanelli is one of three Putnam residents caught up in the sting.

Investigators say another man that was arrested in the bust, 43-year-old Jonathan Silber, was a well-respected father of two who coached Little League baseball and was a den leader in the Boy Scouts. They allege that in his spare time, Silber collected and watched child pornography.

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Officials say that when Silber was taken into custody on May 9, they found 30 images of child porn and three videos on his laptop. Residents in his quiet Suffern neighborhood say they are stunned.

John Asmodeo, 30, of Carmel, is accused of secretly taping children. Christian Cope, of Kent, was charged with possession of child porn.

 

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