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Hours after police chief’s child porn arraignment, cops respond to 911 call at his home

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MAHOPAC (PIX 11) –  PIX11 News has learned that minutes after Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli walked out of White Plains Federal Court Thursday night the law enforcement veteran and church school teacher who had earlier faced a judge on possession of child porn charges found police officers from the Carmel Police Department descending upon his home in Mahopac.

A Lieutenant with Carmel Police confirmed to PIX 11 News FOIA request that they responded to a call at the home of the married 54-year-old at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.

An EMT crew working out of the Mahopac Falls Fire Department received a “stand-by” call for a police matter involving Chief Fanelli shortly thereafter.  Routinely the “stand-by” is given when an individual has expressed the potential to do harm to themselves.

On Friday, smoke emerged from the Fanelli’s chimney yet a call to the residence went unanswered.

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Meanwhile an emergency room worker at Putnam Hospital Center confirmed that a “Brian Fanelli” was treated Thursday night and admitted to the 4th floor.

Fanelli’s Federal defender would not address the situation when  contacted Friday afternoon.

PIX 11 News did go to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak where Fanelli taught religion classes for eight years according to the Monsignor.  The church did not want to discuss the arrest.  When informed of the “incident” as one member of law enforcement conveyed what took place at Chief Fanelli’s home on Thursday night, the Monsignor said the situation was “sad.”

Fanelli is alleged to have 120 child porn files on his home computer. After Thursday morning’s raid, the Feds are now examining his work computer which may yield additional charges.

If convicted on the current charges, Fanelli faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison as well a maximum fine of $250,000.