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DA: Lindenhurst theatre director convicted in child porn case

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A Lindenhurst man, who ran a community theatre group, may find himself behind bars for the next 16 years after a jury convicted him Tuesday on four separate child pornography charges, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Vincent Sparagano, 44, will be required to register as a sex offender after his conviction on four felony counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child. Prosecutors said the charges may run consecutively – meaning Sparagano could potentially be sentenced to four years for each charge – “due to his possession of four separate images of child pornography.”

After a three-week-long trial and a day of deliberations, jurors acquitted Sparagano on some of the charges he was facing, including four counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child.

The charges stemmed from his September 2012 arrest after Suffolk County computer crimes detectives – assisting county probation officers – found the illicit images on Sparagano’s computer. Sparagano’s computer was subject to search because he was on probation following a prior conviction, officials said at the time.

In his prior case, Sparagano was convicted on a child endangerment count for allegedly sending suggestive and inappropriate comments to a 14-year-old girl who was a member of The Spotlight Players, a community theater group, where he worked as the director of production, prosecutors said.

Authorities said Sparagano was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond after his conviction. He is due back in court on May 29 for sentencing.

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