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Thomas Firmani arrested for child prornography (Photo: Racine County Sheriff)
  • Thomas Firmani was arrested for child pornography.
  • Police seized his electronic devices.
  • Bail is set at $500,000.

A 78-year-old Franksville Wisconsin resident has been arrested for possessing child pornography. He now faces multiple felony charges.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office identified Thomas Firmani, during an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.

Firmani became a person of interest after police found evidence that he may possess child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

The operation culminated with a search warrant at his home on Friday, April 12, executed by the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau and the ICAC unit.

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Thomas Firmani is arrested for possessing child pornography

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Photo: Racine County Sheriff’s Office

Despite Firmani’s initial denials about possessing the illicit material, it was found in his home.

Investigators seized numerous electronic devices from both his home and his person.

Forensic analysis of these devices revealed an alarming amount of images and videos of child pornography.

Firmani was arrested on Monday, April 22.

A confession aggravates Firmani’s legal situation

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The 78-year-old was transported to the Racine County Jail, where his bail has been set at $500,000.

During a subsequent interview with investigators, Firmani admitted to downloading, viewing and possessing child pornography.

This confession worsens his legal situation.

Racine County Sheriff Schmaling spoke about the disturbing arrest.

Racine County sheriff is committed to protecting children.

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Photo: Racine County Sheriff’s Office

«Although these investigations take a tremendous amount of hard work and expertise, the sheriff’s office will not waiver in our duty and commitment to protect the innocence of children.»

Racine County Sheriff Schmaling made this statement when asked about the case.

He currently faces 10 charges of possession of child pornography.

Each of them could add more time to a possible prison sentence.

The Franksville community is shocked by the arrest of Thomas Firmani

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This case has highlighted the authorities’ continued vigilance in combating child abuse in all its forms.

The Franksville community is shaken by the news that one of its oldest residents is involved in such a heinous crime.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

They call on the public to report any abuse against a minor.

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