Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Farnelli released from hospital, under house arrest for child porn charges

Paul Olivia, 47, has served on the police force since 1988, and the last 16 years as a lieutenant.

Paul Olivia, 47, has served on the police force since 1988, and the last 16 years as a lieutenant. (1/25/14)

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Mount Pleasant police chief who was arrested this week on child pornography charges has been released from a local hospital and is back at home under house arrest, News 12 has learned.

Sources say Brian Fanelli was hospitalized for a possible suicide attempt or some sort of breakdown.

Putnam Hospital has confirmed that Fanelli was released.

Fanelli, 54, was arrested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and accused of downloading and sharing more than 120 images of child pornography.

He is currently suspended by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

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