Frank Crisci: Boynton Beach man famous for being Halloween fanatic, arrested for child porn

 

Frank Crisci carved out a name for himself as a Halloween fanatic who spent $26,000 to transform his home into a haunted house. But now police say the 49-year-old Boynton Beach man's personal life featured some frightening habits.
 
Arrested on Wednesday, Crisci now stands charged with multiple counts of child porn possession after investigators say he emailed and posted numerous images on the Internet.
 
According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report, an investigator with the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children task force got a disturbing tip on Sept. 6:
 
Someone in Palm Beach County had uploaded several images of child pornography to Yahoo's photo service website, Flickr.com.
 
Yahoo officials immediately captured the unknown user's IP address and reported it to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. Investigators then subpoenaed AT&T for the information of the customer assigned to the IP address.
 
AT&T responded a short time later.
 
The IP address led to a nice house at 6260 Luana Ct. in Boynton Beach – the home of Halloween fanatic Frank Crisci, who made headlines in 2008 for his elaborate, $26,000 Halloween display.
 
That year, the Palm Beach Post named Crisci's home one of "The 6 Most Haunted Houses in Palm Beach County."
 
On Sept. 19, Boynton Beach Police Det. Charles Ramos then sent the sheriff's office investigators two more tips concerning Crisci.
 
The first tip came from AOL on Aug. 22. The Internet company reported that a person using the email address flickrfriend@aol.com had tried to send child porn pictures to another user.
 
AOL also reported a message from flickrfriend@aol.com, whom police say was Crisci, which was attached to the child porn photos:
 
"Now that I'm all calm down, I can say thank you for the very erotic pictures," the message said. "I enjoyed them, so much. I love seeing little girls in sexual situations like that. WOW. There are a few photos I have like that but only a few. That's why I'm looking for more."
 
A second tip arrived on Aug. 16, when Yahoo reported a Flickr user had uploaded several more child porn pictures to an account. The account's IP address again led to Crisci's home.
 
Investigators got a search warrant on Tuesday and confronted Crisci with the allegations on Wednesday.
 
"Frank admitted to possessing several images involving the sexual conduct of a child," the arrest report says. "Frank stated he saved the images to a CD."
 
Detectives found several CDs in a safe in Crisci's bedroom. One CD held several images of young children performing sex acts with adult men.
 
Deputies then booked Crisci in the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was released Thursday on $30,000 bond.
 
Crisci, a retired New York firefighter, was also featured in a Sun Sentinel article in 2008. Over a six-year period, he spent $26,000 to populate the display with skeletons, tombstones and goblins.
 
"It's creepy. It's crawly. It's gory," the Sun Sentinel wrote. "And it's Frank Crisci's passion."
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