Ex-city firefighter guilty of child pornography

August 11, 2007

A former Baltimore firefighter pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to a charge of distributing child pornography on his home computer and could receive five to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Angelo Sudano, 32, of Joppa resigned from the Baltimore Fire Department soon after FBI agents raided his home and searched his computer.

Prosecutors said the original complaint came from a man who had been chatting online with Sudano and told the Harford County Sheriff's Office that Sudano sent him a video showing a young girl having sex with an adult male. The file was named: "delete this when you get done looking at it.mpg," prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said FBI agents searched Sudano's house in the 700 block of Shore Drive on Jan. 3 and found a computer hard drive containing more than 300 images of minors under the age of 12 "engaging in sexually explicit conduct."

According to city records, Sudano began his career as a city firefighter in 1998. Rick Binetti, a Fire Department spokesman, said authorities searched the computer he used at a firehouse but found no pornography.

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