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Court to hear Bradenton Beach porn case

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

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A July 11 docket sounding will determine whether a Bradenton Beach man charged with having sex with a 15-year-old, possessing and promoting child pornography and witness tampering, will go to trial July 23 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court.

Joseph Edmund Chiquet, now 37, was arrested in 2009 after police learned he had a sexual relationship with a teenager, and that he took sexual photographs of her in his Bradenton Beach apartment. Search warrants for evidence yielded additional child pornography and felony charges.

In 2010, authorities added a bribery charge, accusing Chiquet of offering an ex-girlfriend $10,000 if she’d tell police she was depicted in the photographs and not, as prosecutors allege, the 15-year-old girl.

Along with the bribery charge, according to assistant state attorney Christopher Nigro, the court revoked Chiquet’s bond. He remains in the Manatee County jail.

Nigro said he’s prepared for a July trial, “hoping it’s what ends up happening.”

As of presstime for The Islander, Chiquet’s attorney Mark Lipinski of Bradenton did not return a call for comment.

A Feb. 16 court order required the state to disclose phone records — from both cell and office phones — of an assistant state attorney previously assigned to the case who allegedly spoke to the ex-girlfriend.

The defense sought the records, alleging the ex-girlfriend “at some point in time started tape recording Mr. Chiquet’s phone calls with her,” and calling police and the then-assigned assistant state attorney, Tony Casoria, according to Lipinski.

Lipinski said the recordings were made without court order or police authorization, and were illegal, and wanted the state attorney’s phone records to determine when the calls were made.

Nigro said the records have been tendered to the defense.

Two appeals already have been taken in the case — one on a defense appeal seeking to suppress evidence gathered as a result of a search warrant and one by the state to prevent the turnover of the phone records. Both affirmed prior circuit court rulings allowing discovery of the evidence.

Judge Thomas Krug will hold a docket sounding at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, in Room 6-A Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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