Nick Maniscalso, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida lifeguard, was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of downloading and offering to share child pornography on the Internet, news sources report. Maniscalso, 47, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on 40 counts of child pornography possession. A judge set his bail bond at $50,000. It is not yet known whether he has retained an attorney.
The city hired Maniscalso as a part-time lifeguard in January of last year. He last lifeguarded at a district pool on Saturday, sources indicate. So far, the city has not commented on Maniscalso’s case, but Maniscalso was permanently relived of his job on Tuesday, reports say. A Broward County Judge ordered that Maniscalso stay away from children pending the outcome of the case. “The court would order that you’re not allowed to supervise in any manner regarding your employment, or have anyone in your custody or care who is under the age of 16,” the judge said.
According to reports, a detective working with South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children national task force caught Maniscalso. Maniscalso was allegedly attempting to share pornographic videos via the internet; the videos depicting children involved in sexual acts with other children and adults, sources say. Detectives linked the IP address allegedly offering to share the illegal files to Maniscalso’s home in the 600 block of Southeast Second Avenue in Deerfield Beach.
Detectives obtained a search warrant and searched Maniscalso’s home. They found two computers in the living room, sources say. One of the hard drives allegedly contained 30 child pornographic videos and the other drive reportedly held 10 videos of the same nature. According to a police report, some of the videos depicted children under the 13 involved in sexual situations.
In a similar story, Timothy Riggs, a Delray Beach church school teacher, resigned from his job after he was accused of going to websites containing images of provocatively dressed children, reports say. Riggs, 65, was not arrested or charged, however, because the images could not be classified as child pornography.
According to reports, Riggs teaches fifth grade at Trinity Lutheran School on North Swinton Avenue. Riggs also used to be a principal at the school and was once the recipient of the Outstanding Lutheran Educator Award. Riggs resigned from the school following the allegations but did not release statement. A spokesperson from the school said, “Our main concern in this issue is the wellbeing of the kids,” following Riggs’ resignation.
Reports say the incident occurred on January 30 when Riggs stayed at the school late into the evening. Another teacher went to the school that evening to get something from her classroom and found Riggs sitting at a student computer. The teacher said she saw what appeared to be young children scantily dressed on the screen. Riggs told the teacher he was playing games.
The teacher came back the following morning and looked at the computer’s history. She reportedly found links to sites that featured “several children ranging from 8-15 years age in bathing suits in provocative positions.” Detectives were called to the scene but could not arrest Riggs because the images were classified as child erotica, not child pornography. “A naked child posed seductively is child erotica. If she has her legs spread so that the genitals become the focus of the images, it is child porn,” a police spokesperson said.