Police arrest 17 on child porn charges in RI
SCITUATE, R.I. -- Police arrested 17 people on child pornography charges in Rhode Island after a lengthy investigation.
Ten of the suspects arrested in "Operation Safe Child" appeared before a Justice of the Peace to hear the charges against them.
Shawn Fay faces one count of possession of child pornography.
Fay, who is from North Scituate, Rhode Island, is a Little League coach and the owner of "Regal Reptiles," a retail business that also brings reptiles to schools and children's parties.
He and the other suspects were ordered to have no contact with any children, including their own.
When officers showed up at Fay's home to execute the arrest warrant, they made another shocking discovery.
Hundreds of animals were inside and police were forced to condemn the home. Animals found included pythons, ferrets, scorpions and an alligator.
Another suspect was arraigned for possession of steroids, not child pornography.
Investigators say more arrests and charges are likely.
The suspects are due in court in October.
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