A volunteer firefighter who is accused of setting a fire outside a Shelton firehouse during a dinner in February has been charged with child pornography possession after police searched his cell phone.
Police said the new charges stem from the prior arrest.
Officers initially arrested 57-year-old William Tortora, of Shelton, after an investigation into a fire in the back parking lot of Echo Hose Company #1 during a past captain’s dinner on Feb. 3.
During that investigation, police said they seized his cell phone and detectives found photos and video of child pornography.
Tortora, who remains incarcerated since the prior arrest, has been charged with illegal possession of child pornography in the third degree and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.
The bond for this incident was set at $75,000.
Online court records say he was pleaded not guilty to charges filed in the prior case, including second-degree arson, reckless endangerment in the second degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, as well as conspiracy charges in relation to each count.