By Kaitlyn Schroyer
MIDDLETOWN - A former city police officer facing federal child porn charges will have to wait for another day to face a local judge.
Samuel DiProto, 61, is currently without an attorney for his state charges of risk of injury to a child, first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree reckless endangerment and intent of cruelty to a child under 19 years of age.
In court on Tuesday, Judge David Gold suggested that DiProto find an attorney — and fast.
DiProto told Gold that his wife is currently withholding the funds he needs to attain a lawyer. Court records show he is in divorce proceedings with his wife, Darlene, which were started June 16. Darlene DiPrito is the town clerk in Cromwell.
DiProto was originally arrested in May on federal charges of possession of child pornography. Later that month, police also found evidence that DiProto tied up a minor to a bed and may have had inappropriate contact with the child, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
DiProto is a former Middletown police officer who served from 1987 to 2009.
The federal case began when police got a complaint that a state police detective assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit logged onto a publicly available Internet file sharing network and downloaded images and videos of child pornography from a computer connected to the network with an IP address assigned to DiProto.
DiProto is set to appear in court on Sept. 24 in hopes of this time being with an attorney.
At a May 30 bond hearing, the federal court revoked DiProto’s $1 million bond, and he is currently in federal custody.