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Philadelphia man enters guilty plea in child porn case

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication in July was sentenced this month to 11½ to 23 months in prison.

Anthony Vassallo, 45, of the 2400 block of Gaul Street, had been arraigned on 82 counts of possessing child pornography in 2010. Under the negotiated plea deal worked out between Assistant District Attorney Joe Lesniak and defense attorney Michael Diamondstein, Vassallo will serve 15 consecutive weekends at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Concord with the remainder to be served on electronic home monitoring.

Vassallo, who was determined not to be a sexual violent offender by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board, will also have to comply with recommendations of a psychosexual evaluation and special rules for sex offenders during his seven years of probation.

Senior Judge Charles Keeler said Vassallo will additionally have to register as a sexual offender for 10 years, provide a DNA sample to Pennsylvania State Police and forfeit his computer.

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