MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Former Assistant District Attorney Steve Giardini was bookedinto Mobile County Metro Jail Tuesday morning, on charges ofenticement and solicitation crimes over the computer with theintent to produce child pornography. The arrest was made by agentsof the Alabama attorney general's Office and the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation.
"The crimes alleged in this indictment are all the morehorrifying in that the defendant was a prosecutor entrusted toprotect citizens from evil and criminal wrongdoing," said AttorneyGeneral Troy King. "The people of Alabama should be reassured,however, that no one is above the law, and that those who seek toharm and exploit our children will be punished, whoever theyare."
The charges against Giardini linger on a much darker side. Theformer assistant district attorney is accused of soliciting a15-year-old girl over the internet to have sex. The attorneygeneral's office also charges Giardini was going to producepornography.
Specifically, he is charged with:
- one count of acting with the intent to entice a child under the age of age 16 for intercourse, sodomy or other sexual purposes, a class C felony punishable by one to 10 years imprisonment
- one count of acting with the intent to criminally solicit the production of child pornography, a class B felony punishable by two to 20 years imprisonment
- one count of acting with the intent to entice a child for sexual purposes, by means of computer, telephone, personal digital assistant, or other electronic means of communication or information storage, a class B felony punishable by two to 20 years imprisonment
Giardini's attorney, Dennis Knizley, got the news Tuesdaymorning about his client's arrest.
"Press release from the attorney general reflects there was anundercover FBI agent posing as a 15-year-old child, I believe,"Knizley said.
FOX10 News asked if Giardini was trying to manufacture porn.
"No," Knizley flatly stated.
Giardini's problems didn't start here. In April of 2009, heresigned from the district attorney's office after FBI agentssearched his Dauphin Street home.
What they were looking for, or found, is still a mystery.Federal Judge William Cassidy sealed the search warrant.
FOX10 News asked why it took so long for an arrest.
"That's a good question. It has been over 16 months sincesearched his home. And of course his life has been on hold sincethen. The facts of the case will turn out to be interesting andaddress those when we go to trial," said Knizley.
Knizley said its likely a judge from outside the area will bebrought in to try to the case.
The district attorney's office referred FOX10 to the Alabamaattorney general's Office for comment.
Giardini was released on a $250,000 bond.
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