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Alex Bay man had child porn, loaded gun, in car, police say

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An Alexandria Bay man was granted a reduction in bail Thursday after being arrested by state police Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography and a loaded handgun in his car at Walmart Super Center, outer Arsenal Street.

Anthony Porcaro, 23, of 109 Church St., faces three counts of possessing sexual performance by a child and a single count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. When he was committed Tuesday night to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, bail was set at $20,000 by town of Watertown Justice David Renzi. On Thursday, Judge Renzi reduced bail to $15,000, assigned the case to the county public defender’s office, and ordered the case held for grand jury action.

Mr. Porcaro was also cited Tuesday with operating an uninspected vehicle.

State police Investigator Patrick A. Hathaway information was received about Mr. Porcaro which prompted police to obtain a search warrant. Officers “encountered” him in the Walmart parking lot, Mr. Hathaway said, and his vehicle was towed to the trooper headquarters in the town of Pamelia for a search.

Documents filed in court disclose that police seized a semi-automatic pistol loaded with 11 rounds, and a thumb drive titled “7 and Under.” The digital device contained three videos diplaying sexual activity involving young girls, according to the court file.

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