Man arrested on child porn charges (connections to the Legion of Christ)
By John NickersonStaff Writer
Article Launched: 09/03/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT
NORWALK - A Westport man convicted in Connecticut and New York for luring children to sit naked on shaving cream-filled balloons, was arraigned on child pornography charges Tuesday.
Nicholas Battaglino, 29, of 1 Pioneer Road, was ordered held on $350,000 bond by Judge Burton Kaplan at state Superior Court in Norwalk. The case was transferred to the Part A docket at state Superior Court in Stamford, where Battaglino is to return on Sept. 12.
Battaglino was picked up by Westport police Friday after 319 images of child pornography were allegedly discovered on his home computer.
Battaglino, who told authorities he is a telephone solicitor for the Legionaries of Christ, a Mexican religious congregation, was convicted in Norwalk of risk of injury to a minor in November 2006.
At Tuesday's arraignment, Assistant State's Attorney Michael DeJoseph said Battaglino was convicted charges related to leaving red balloons filled with shaving cream for children to find.
DeJoseph said Battaglino would leave balloons in isolated places, where young children could find them. He watched them pull down their pants and sit on the cream-filled balloons to see them explode.
DeJoseph said Battaglino was convicted in New York for doing the same thing at Rockaway Beach in Queens, where he was charged with promoting an obscene performance by a child less than 17 years old.
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