U.S. Prosecutor: Florida school employee ‘involved in live production of child porn on the internet’

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pasco County School District employee arrested on child porn charges went before a federal judge Thursday and was denied bail.

William Napolitano, 34, appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit and shackles.

He was arrested at his New Port Richey home Tuesday.

Neighbors tell WFLA News Channel 8 that dozens of federal agents stormed the home early in the morning and arrested the school district’s transportation services manager.

Court paperwork shows he was on the living room couch next to his iPhone, which was shoved in the couch cushions.

An undercover agent with U.S. Homeland Security spent years chatting with Napolitano, who went by the name “William Snyder” online, documents show.

He had graphic exchanges and expressed a desire to see videos depicting “young rape” scenes, the paperwork says.

On Thursday, assistant U.S. attorney Francis Murray said that Napolitano was “involved in live production of child pornography on the internet.”  The prosecutor also revealed that Napolitano claimed he molested a relative’s kids.

Napolitano’s federal public defender, Alec Hall, said there’s no proof of the molestation allegations. He tried to convince the judge to allow his client to leave jail, but the judge refused.

“The type of conduct we’re dealing with is hard to fathom,” Judge Thomas McCoun III said in court. “It’s sickening.”

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Agents found at least 40 pictures and videos depicting child porn on a laptop computer. In court Wednesday, Napolitano said he’s the only person who had access to that device.

“He is still on administrative leave.  The superintendent will recommend that the board suspend him without pay at their Tuesday meeting.  Only the board can suspend someone without pay,” said school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.