Former Middletown Officer Arrested For Second time in 3 Weeks

Samuel DiProto arrested Thursday, weeks after an arrest on child porn charges

By Bob Connors
|  Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 11:35 PM EDT
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Samuel DiProto faces more charges just weeks after being arrested for possession of child porn.

Samuel DiProto faces more charges just weeks after being arrested for possession of child porn.

A former Middletown police officer has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, just weeks after his arrest on child pornography charges.

Samuel DiProto, 61, of Cromwell, was arrested on Thursday.

According to State Police, while examining evidence seized from DiProto's house, investigators determined the former officer had inappropriate contact with a child.

Police first began an investigation into DiProto in April, after authorities traced internet activity of sharing child pornography to his home at 3 Oak Road in Cromwell.

On May 7, DiProto was arrested and police seized computers, hard drives and thumb drives as evidence from his house. Police found 20 to 40 videos and images of minors in sexually explicit conduct, according to court papers.

According to police, a further investigation of the evidence led to information about the alleged inappropriate contact with a minor.

DiProto is now charged with risk of injury to a minor, cruelty to persons, first-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to be back in court on May 30.

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