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Child porn case may involve ‘significantly more’ victims than previously thought

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Vincent Calamia was arrested July 7, 2014, on suspicion of sexually abusing boys and creating child pornography. (Photo: FBI)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Sexual abuse allegedly committed by a New York restaurateur may have spanned more than three decades, federal agents said as they asked for the public’s help finding more victims in the case.

Vincent J. Calamia, of Floral Park, was arrested July 7 on suspicion of sexually abusing minors and making child pornography, the FBI said.

Investigators initially believed the alleged abuse went back to 2005, but now they think Calamia’s suspected sexual offenses may have started as early as 1982.

“The number of victims is significantly more than initially contemplated,” the agency said in a statement released Wednesday.

A criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York alleges that Calamia sexually abused boys, possessed and created child pornography.

Investigators said they found 10 videos on Calamia’s computer showing the suspect engaging in sexual contact with boys who appear to be as young as 15 to 17 years old.

Calamia has owned Frankie & Vinnie’s bar in the Floral Park section of Queens for about 20 years, the suspect’s attorney told the Associated Press.

If convicted, Calamia faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years for each child victimized.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call the FBI’s 24-hour hotline at 212-384-1000.