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BOSTON - A Waltham police officer who won a $1 million lottery prize two years ago is facing federal child pornography charges after his arrest by the FBI.
Paul Manganelli is facing arraignment in Boston Federal Court Tuesday afternoon on charges of possession of child pornography, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Manganelli claimed a $1 million prize on April 19, 2011, in the "$100,000 a Year for Life" instant game, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts State Lottery said.
Manganelli also works as a DJ, NewsCenter 5's Kathy Curran reported. He is listed on the BestBostonDJ.com website as an entertainer and owner of the company, which advertises parties for children.
"We have played parties for 20 kids and we have played events for 500 plus kids for local elementary schools and organizations," the website reads.
"The allegations are disgusting. My thoughts are with his family," said Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.
At the time of his lottery win, Manganelli said that he planned to use the winnings to buy a home, pay off debt and set up college funds for his children.
Acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson said in a statement that Manganelli’s actions were his own and put some distance between the department and the officer.
“The alleged off-duty conduct of one employee is not a reflection of the Waltham Police Department as a whole. The Waltham Police Department is dedicated to continuing the professional service that the city of Waltham has grown to expect and deserve.”