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Former Middletown police officer charged with possession of child porn

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Samuel DiProto lives near this daycare in Cromwell. The former police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of child pornography. Samuel DiProto lives near this daycare in Cromwell. The former police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of child pornography.
CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -

A community is in shock after a former Middletown police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of child pornography.

Officials said they arrested Samuel DiProto, 61, of Cromwell, after a search of his home.

On March 12 and April 10, a Connecticut State Police detective assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit logged onto a publicly available internet file sharing network and was able to download images and videos of child pornography from a computer connected to the network with an IP address assigned to DiProto.

Officials searched DiProto's home and said they seized computers, hard drives and thumb drives before arresting him.

Diproto retired from the Middletown Police Department back in 2009 after serving 22 years.

Eyewitness News has learned that Diproto lives near a daycare center, which has some parents concerned.

"It does worry me a lot that we do play out here next to this road, so it's scary," said Trisha Merriman.

Eyewitness News knocked on the door at DiProto's, but no one answered.

DiProto appeared in federal court Wednesday to answer to the charges and has been held in jail pending a court appearance scheduled for May 13.

In convicted, DiProto could spend up to 20 years in jail and faces a fine up to $250,000.

Officials said that the matter was "enhanced" because it is alleged that DiProto possessed photos and videos of prepubescent minors and minors under 12 years old.

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