Babysitter Who Sexually Abused Child, Spread Porn Sentenced to 15 Years

Samuel Fanelli pleaded guilty last year to swapping illegal and exploitative images via peer-to-peer file sharing networks and sexually abusing a child entrusted to his care.

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Thursday, Mar 8, 2012  |  Updated 1:15 PM EDT
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Child-Abusing Sitter Who Spread Porn Gets 15 Years

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A White Plains babysitter who admitted he sexually abused one child and downloaded and spread more than 10,000 images of child porn has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. 

Samuel Fanelli pleaded guilty last year to swapping illegal and exploitative images via peer-to-peer file sharing networks and sexually abusing a child entrusted to his care. The 23-year-old was arrested in January 2011 by the FBI.  ,

Investigators said they found thousands of pornographic images on his computer.

“Samuel Fanelli victimized children by trafficking in child pornography,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.  

With his 15-year prison sentence, Fanelli will no longer be "on the street," Bharara added. 

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