Suspect In Child Porn Case Charged With New Crimes

Date: 2005-06-30
Source: wesh.com

Matthew Alan Mancuso Already Jailed On Photography Charges

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The suspect in an international child pornography investigation is charged with crimes that allegedly occurred in Central Florida.

Matthew Alan Mancuso, 46, is accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Mea, for years. He's also accused of posting explicit photos of Mea on the Internet. Some of the photos were taken at Disney World.

The charges filed Wednesday accuse Mancuso of doing more than just taking the now-infamous photos, WESH 2 News's Bob Kealing reported.

Detectives say he repeatedly raped his own adoptive daughter while the two were in Central Florida on vacation.

Based on records subpoenaed from Disney's Port Orleans resort, detectives say Mancuso checked in June 7, 2001, and checked out five days later.

During that time, he's believed to have had sex with his 8-year-old adopted daughter and he allegedly took at least two dozen pornographic pictures, some showing those sex acts.

The girl's recollection of the ordeal and the photos are the basis for the capital sexual battery now filed against Mancuso.

"When we started it, we didn't even know if we were going to find the girl. Now, we're at the point where we're charging the guy. I'm real happy about it," said Lt. Matt Irwin.

The victim, now 12 years old, has a new adoptive mother. In an exclusive interview with WESH 2 News, the girl said she wanted Mancuso brought to justice for all the things he's done.

"I think it's wrong that he didn't get charged with half the stuff he did. That shouldn't happen to anybody," she said.

Mancuso is currently serving a 15-year sentence for producing the child porn pictures but not for all the things he's accused of doing. Detectives say the new charges could send him to jail for life.

"I think there's a public interest issue in keeping someone who preys on our kids behind bars, first of all. I think the importance truly is for the victim," Irwin said.

Coincidentally, the girl and her new adoptive mother are vacationing in Central Florida this week. They're staying away from places where the suspected abuse happened and creating new memories elsewhere.

In response to the new charge, Mea's adoptive mother told Kealing, "That's awesome."

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