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Defendant: John Passaretti (DOB 09/04/69)

Nov. 21 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that John Passaretti of both West Palm Beach, Florida, and Pleasantville, New York, was indicted on 12 charges related to taking sexually explicit photos of a small child.

Specifically, Passaretti is charged with: 2 counts of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, a class C felony

  • 2 counts of Promoting an Obscene Performance by a Child, a class D felony
  • 2 counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class D felony
  • 2 counts of Possessing an Obscene Performance by a Child, a class E felony
  • 2 counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class E felony
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor

Passaretti appeared before Westchester County Court Judge Anne Minihan. He is being held on $500,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2019.

Background
On Oct. 29, 2019, Passaretti was arrested by Port Chester Police with the assistance of Pleasantville Police, after a complaint was made that he may have photographed a young child in a sexual way.

The incident was captured the day before in a Northern Westchester home on a video camera system, sometimes referred to as a “nanny cam.” The High-Tech Crime Unit of the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigators aided in the technology investigation.

Special Prosecutions Division Assistant District Attorneys Janelle Armentano, of the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Bureau, and Mary Clark-DiRusso, Deputy Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, are prosecuting the case.

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 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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