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Court denies appeal in porn case

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

An appeal court recently denied a request from a Bradenton Beach man seeking another hearing on his push to suppress evidence that he possessed and promoted child pornography.

Joseph Edmund Chiquet of Bradenton Beach is awaiting trial on multiple charges that he possessed and promoted child pornography and attempted to bribe a witness in the case.

A police report said a teenager and Chiquet had a sexual relationship, and that he took sexual photographs of her in his Bradenton Beach apartment that were downloaded to his computer.

In 2010, authorities accused Chiquet of offering ex-girlfriend Else Torres $10,000 if she told police she was depicted in the photographs and not, as prosecutors allege, the 15-year-old girl. That allegation added a witness tampering charge to the list of alleged offenses.

Chiquet pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

His defense attorneys have filed a number of motions in the case, including motions to dismiss the charges, delay the trial and suppress evidence.

On the latter motion, a circuit court judge ordered the suppression of the contents of a Dell computer seized to make the case against Chiquet.

But the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed the circuit court order in late June.

More recently, the appeal court rejected requests from Chiquet’s attorneys for another hearing on the suppression question.

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